A train passenger who stabbed a man 18 times after an argument has been found guilty of murder and jailed for life.
Darren Pencille launched what the court heard was an “unrelenting” and “savage” attack on Lee Pomeroy after an argument over aisle blocking in January.
Pencille said he acted in self-defence, but declined to give evidence during his trial.
Jurors heard Pencille had a history of violence that included stabbing a flatmate in the neck during an argument in 2010, and threatening to kill a staff member at a mental health hostel in June last year.
His girlfriend, Chelsea Mitchell, was found guilty of helping him evade police after the attack.
Lee Pomeroy was stabbed 18 times in less than a minute
Mr Pomeroy boarded the train at Guilford on January 4 for a day out with his 14-year-old son in London.
Jurors heard he may have been blocking Pencille’s way, leading to a heated argument.
Pencille shouted “You touch me, you touch me and you see what happens at the next stop.”
At one point Mr Pomeroy is believed to have demanded an apology, saying “You should not have humiliated me in front of my kid.”
The situation escalated until Pencille swung a knife into Mr Pomeroy’s neck, cutting through the jugular vein.
Pencille got off at the next stop, leaving the victim with 18 knife wounds to his neck, torso, thigh and arm.
British Transport Police Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn said the convicted man was “devious and dangerous”.
“He's a dangerous man. Quite clearly with his previous convictions, where he also stabbed another man in the neck, and his propensity for carrying knives, he showed his dangerous, aggressive nature,” he said.
Pencille has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 28 years.