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