Prepare passengers witnessing a homicide didn’t know one of many males was holding a knife and stabbing one other traveller to dying with it, a court docket heard.
Darren Pencille, 35, denies murdering father Lee Pomeroy on a busy London-bound practice on January 4.
The Outdated Bailey heard he has admitted possession of an offensive weapon and jurors noticed CCTV of the ugly assault on the unarmed dad.
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The court docket heard passengers didn’t realise Pencille had pulled a knife from his pocket and was repeatedly knifing Mr Pomeroy as he tried to make use of his palms to defend himself.
Pencille plunged the blade into the 51-year-old’s neck, opening up his jugular vein and carotid artery, earlier than stabbing him one other 17 instances within the face, torso, thigh, arm and palms.
It was mentioned the pair have been shouting at one another after a disagreement over whether or not Pomeroy and his 14-year-old son have been in Pencille’s manner as he moved up the practice carriage.
His blood lined his clothes, it lined the world of the practice the place the assault occurred.
All three had obtained on the practice at London Highway in Guildford, Surrey at round 1pm.
The knife assault began simply 5 minutes later, it was mentioned.
Prepare passengers witnessing the battle thought the boys have been punching one another as they grappled within the practice carriage.
However prosecutors say Mr Pomeroy was defending himself with the punches whereas Pencille continued to stab him.
Prosecutor Jacob Hallam QC mentioned: “The knife was up and in the identical second it is out and up into Lee Pomeroy’s neck in the identical second.
“As Mr Pomeroy remonstrated with Mr Pencille – not hit or slapped or punched, we will see he would not do any of these issues – Mr Pencille holding that knife in his proper hand swung it and plunged it within the left aspect of Lee Pomeroy’s neck.
“It’s a blow that minimize by Mr Pomeroy’s jugular vein and his carotid artery that are the important vessels that take blood to the mind.
“The individuals within the carriage noticed what they thought was the 2 males exchanging punches.
“They did not see the knife in Mr Pencille’s hand. So that they have been half proper, what they noticed was Lee Pomeroy punching the primary defendant attempting to defend himself after he had been stabbed within the neck.
“Mr Pencille was not punching again, he was stabbing and he was stabbing Lee Pomeroy once more, many times and once more.
“The 18 knife wounds discovered to Mr Pomeroy’s physique when examined in autopsy a couple of days later offered the dreadful proof of the savagery of the assault that induced Lee Pomeroy that wound to his neck, eight wounds to his torso and different wounds to his arm, his palms and his thigh.
“All of these wounds have been inflicted on him inside seconds of this blow whereas Lee Pomeroy tried to defend himself.
“It was a battle that solely one in every of them was going to win.”
Jurors noticed stills from CCTV footage on the practice, which exhibits a pool of blood beginning to movement round 16 seconds after the preliminary blow to the neck.
Mr Hallam mentioned: “His blood lined his clothes, it lined the world of the practice the place the assault occurred and the clothes of the primary defendant.
“Sixteen seconds after the primary blow you’ll be able to see graphically the quantity of blood that had come from Lee Pomeroy’s physique from this stage.
“When he was capable of, Lee Pomeroy was capable of lurch away from his attacker. He was by no means going to get far and he did not, and he collapsed on the ground of that practice.”
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The court docket heard the practice reached Clandon practice station at 1.06pm and Pencille gathered his belongings earlier than fleeing the practice.
It was mentioned he dumped his hat, sun shades and jacket in woodland earlier than his girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell, 27, collected him.
Mr Hallam mentioned: “Minutes after he killed a person he is speaking to her and it is apparent what the 2 of them would have spoken about, what was on the forefront of his thoughts. He is killed anyone – what to do and the way he wants her assist.”
Mitchell denies one depend of helping an offender.
The trial continues.
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