Fam­ily’s trib­ute to ‘lov­ing fa­ther’ stabbed to death on Surrey train

Po­lice make ar­rests and con­tinue to ques­tion mur­der sus­pect af­ter killing of rail pas­sen­ger in front of his son of 14

The Observer - - News - Mark Townsend Home Af­fairs Ed­i­tor

The pas­sen­ger stabbed to death on a train in Surrey in front of his 14-year-old son has been de­scribed as a “de­voted fam­ily man” who would al­ways help some­one in trou­ble.

Lee Pomery, who would have cel­e­brated his 52nd birth­day yes­ter­day, had been tak­ing his son on a day trip to London so they could spend some “qual­ity time” to­gether, his fam­ily said. He was stabbed sev­eral times fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion on a train from London Road sta­tion in Guildford to Water­loo at about 1pm on Fri­day. The of­fender got off at Clan­don, five min­utes later. Of­fi­cers boarded the train at the next stop, Hors­ley.

A state­ment from his fam­ily, re­leased through Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice al­most 24 hours af­ter his mur­der, said: “He was a de­voted fam­ily man and did ev­ery­thing for his fam­ily. He was an honourable man and would al­ways help some­body who was in trou­ble. He was a lov­ing hus­band and fa­ther, he will be deeply missed by all his fam­ily.

“He was an hon­est, bright per­son, who loved mu­sic very much, he knew his­tory and art and he was a bach­e­lor of science in maths.”

The state­ment added that the trip to London had been ar­ranged with his son so they could spend some “qual­ity time” to­gether and con­demned the at­tack as “hor­rific and point­less”.

It was is­sued hours af­ter po­lice hunt­ing the man who killed Pomery an­nounced that they had ar­rested a sus­pect who they were con­tin­u­ing to ques­tion last night.

The man was de­tained at an ad­dress in Farn­ham, 15 miles from the stab­bing, at around 6am yes­ter­day on sus­pi­cion of mur­der. A 27-year-old woman was also ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sist­ing an of­fender.

Wendie Thomp­son, an es­tate agent who lives near by, told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion that she be­lieved she saw a man match­ing the de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect on Thurs­day morn­ing stand­ing in Farn­ham Hos­pi­tal car park us­ing a mo­bile phone.

She said: “He was no­tice­able be­cause he was tall, good-look­ing and im­mac­u­lately dressed in sports­wear which drew my at­ten­tion. He fits the de­scrip­tion and was a new face here. It was un­usual.”

DCI Sam Black­burn from Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice said: “This is a fast-mov­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and I am pleased that overnight we were able to ar­rest a man fol­low­ing a huge amount of po­lice in­quiries.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is mov­ing with good progress and we are now con­fi­dent to say that this is not be­lieved to be a ran­dom as­sault.

“In the mo­ments lead­ing to the vi­o­lent killing, both men ap­peared to be in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion last­ing three min­utes, and it ap­pears that both then moved through the car­riage they first boarded into an­other –

‘He was an hon­est, bright per­son who loved mu­sic very much, he knew his­tory and art’ Fam­ily state­ment

be­fore the stab­bing of the fa­ther took place in front of his son. Noth­ing jus­ti­fied the ex­traor­di­nary vi­o­lence that fol­lowed, and we are con­cen­trat­ing our ef­forts on the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Black­burn.

Pomery was mar­ried with one child. His widow and son and other rel­a­tives are be­ing sup­ported by po­lice fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cers.

“We are con­tin­u­ing our ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion and I would urge any­one who was on board the train to con­tact us as soon as pos­si­ble,” Black­burn said. “Even if you did not witness the as­sault, it is vi­tally im­por­tant we speak with you. Like­wise, if you have any dash­cam footage of the Clan­don area af­ter 1pm on Fri­day af­ter­noon, we would like to hear from you.”

PA, Rex, Shut­ter­stock

Flow­ers were left at Hors­ley sta­tion for Lee Pomery, stabbed sev­eral times af­ter a con­fronta­tion on a train.

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