Suspect Darren Pencille refuses to enter plea, claiming he is ‘paranoid’

Suspect Darren Pencille refuses to enter plea, claiming he is 'paranoid'

A man accused of the fatal stabbing of a fellow train passenger refused to stand and did not enter a plea as he appeared in court this morning.

Wearing a grey tracksuit and black, thick-rimmed glasses, Darren Pencille stood initially as he was flanked by two guards before then speaking to magistrates from the floor of the dock.

While sitting down and not visible, he said: “People are making me paranoid. Can I just talk to you like this?”

He also accused press in the public gallery of “recording and filming” him for no reason. Pencille added: “I’m paranoid.”

He spoke to give his date of birth, nationality and to state he didn’t have an address.

Pencille, 35, was told he faces two charges, the murder of Lee Pomeroy and possession of an offensive weapon. He did not enter pleas.

Chair of the bench Helen Mattey, at Staines Magistrates Court, said: “You are going to be remanded in custody in the next few hours to Guildford Crown Court. You will appear before the judge this afternoon.”

Pencille – who was out of view of the court – replied: “Yes, Miss. I’m looking at you.”

As he was led out the court he muttered to the dock guards: “They are making me paranoid. What do you want me to do?”

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