Man, 51, killed in front of ter­ri­fied teenage son

Daily Express - - Front Page - By John Twomey

A KILLER was on the run last night af­ter stab­bing a man to death in front of his 14-year-old son on a sub­ur­ban train.

The vic­tim, 51, was at­tacked by a stranger on the 12.58 from Guild­ford to Lon­don Water­loo.

The killer pulled out a knife and plunged it into the fa­ther’s neck be­fore leap­ing out of the train at the next sta­tion. A woman pas­sen­ger said: “There was a lot of blood in the car­riage

and I don’t think the poor chap stood a chance.” The fa­ther and his son got on the train at the same time as the killer at Lon­don Road sta­tion in Sur­rey, a short dis­tance from Guild­ford, said po­lice.

Af­ter the stab­bing, the killer jumped off at Clan­don, just four or five min­utes down the line, and fled into the leafy sub­ur­ban lanes which sur­round it.

The train con­tin­ued to Hors­ley, the next stop, where po­lice and paramedics boarded and des­per­ately tried to save the vic­tim but he bled to death where he lay.

Po­lice do not be­lieve the vic­tim and sus­pect knew each other. De­tec­tives have de­scribed the sus­pect as a black man in his 20s or 30s, of slim build with a beard, about six feet tall, and dressed all in black with white train­ers.

They said he was dan­ger­ous and should not be ap­proached by the pub­lic.


Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Lan­g­ley, from British Trans­port Po­lice, said early in­di­ca­tions sug­gested the vic­tim had mul­ti­ple stab wounds to his body.

He added: “The vic­tim’s son would have been nearby when his fa­ther was fa­tally wounded.

“This would have been an hor­rific and hugely trau­matic event to have wit­nessed and we are pro­vid­ing him with as much sup­port as pos­si­ble.

“At this mo­ment I would ask the pub­lic to con­tact po­lice ur­gently by call­ing 999 if they see any­one match­ing this de­scrip­tion. Please do not ap­proach him.”

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Gary Richard­son added: “This was a shock­ing and vi­o­lent at­tack which took place in broad day­light.”

Supt Lan­g­ley added: “This was an in­cred­i­bly fright­en­ing in­ci­dent for pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on the train.”

It is un­der­stood the stab­bing was caught on CCTV cam­eras on the train. The killer and vic­tim are likely to have been filmed by se­cu­rity cam­eras at Lon­don Road. The sus­pect’s flight from Clan­don sta­tion is al­most cer­tain to be have been recorded as well.

The line be­tween Lon­don Road and Hors­ley goes through some of Bri­tain’s most ex­pen­sive res­i­den­tial dis­tricts where houses sell for sev­eral mil­lions.

Oliver Thomp­son, a 16-year-old lo­cal stu­dent, said po­lice stopped him around 2.30pm and asked if he had seen a “man run­ning from Clan­don sta­tion”.

He said: “It comes as a big sur­prise as Clan­don is a quiet area that you wouldn’t as­so­ciate with crime like this.

“It is def­i­nitely un­nerv­ing to think there is a mur­derer maybe some­where in the vil­lage.” Trans­port Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling de­scribed the in­ci­dent as “tragic”, adding: “Our deep­est sym­pa­thies are with the vic­tim and their fam­ily.”

The train line be­tween Guild­ford and Eff­in­g­ham Junc­tion sta­tions to­wards Lon­don re­mained blocked last night while po­lice in­ves­ti­gated.

Natalie Jones, a pas­sen­ger on the train, later praised the train crew for the way they re­sponded to the in­ci­dent.

“I was on this train – how those guards and es­pe­cially that driver went into ac­tion was noth­ing short of in­cred­i­ble,” she wrote on Twit­ter.

“Not sure if it’s ap­pro­pri­ate to say thank you but I hope ev­ery­one is OK.”

Foren­sic ex­perts on the plat­form in­ves­ti­gate the killing aboard the 12.58 Guild­ford to Lon­don ser­vice

Train on which the killing took place at Hors­ley sta­tion, Sur­rey, yes­ter­day

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