Jury due to retire over heartbreaking murder of mum and young son


Jury due to retire over heartbreaking murder of mum and young son

For the last three weeks the heartbreaking trial over the murder of Bethany Vincent, 26, and her nine-year-old son Darren Henson has been carried out at Lincoln Crown Court.

Daniel Boulton, 30, is currently on trial accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her nine-year-old son back in June 2021. 

Ms Vincent and her young son Darren were sadly found dead at their home in Louth, Lincolnshire with multiple stab wounds.

It is alleged Boulton killed the mother and son after walking 28 miles from his hostel in Alexandra Road, Skegness.

Boulton then went on the run until the following day, burgling a cottage where he stole alcohol and food, and assaulting an off-duty police officer in the leg in the Hubbard’s Hills area of Louth.

He was tasered and arrested at a nearby farm in Hallington after trying to get into two cars and encouraging armed officers to shoot him.

He has denied two counts of murder but admitted to manslaughter. 

According to the BBC, the jury assigned to Daniel’s case heard a chilling statement accusing him of “encouraging armed police to shoot him” during his arrest.

The jury are expected to retire this afternoon after hearing all the evidence in court from the prosecution and the defense.

Mr Justice Pepperall, presiding over the murder trial, has urged the members of the jury to be dispassionate in assessing the evidence.

Experts for the defence and prosecution both agree that Boulton was suffering from a dissocial personality disorder.

Defence psychiatrist Dr Pablo Vandenabeele said he believed Boulton lost control due to the ferocity of the injuries and was in a state of emotional arousal.

However, the prosecution argue Boulton was still capable of carefully planning the killings.

Updates to follow.

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