Daniel Boulton sentenced for brutal double murder
Daniel Boulton, 30, has just appeared at Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing following the double murder of his ex-girlfriend and her nine-year-old son.
On the 31st of May 2021, the defendant is said to have walked from Skegness to the property in High Holme Road, Louth, where 26-year-old Bethany Vincent was living with son Darren Henson.
Both died after sustaining multiple stab wounds.
Yesterday Boulton was found guilty of two counts of murder after just two hours of jury deliberation.
Lincolnshire Police officers were called to the address at 8.29pm, having been informed by colleagues in the ambulance service.
Boulton had already fled the scene – a murder investigation was launched, and officers began an extensive manhunt.
He was located the following day near Hubbard’s Hills in Louth.
The following footage shows the moment he was arrested after attempting to evade capture:
Boulton was arrested and charged with two counts of murder, assaulting a police officer and the burglary of a cottage at Hubbard’s Hill, where he stayed following the murder.
He pleaded guilty to an assault on PC Denniss and the burglary but pleaded not guilty to both murders, entering alternate pleas of manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control.
The jury rejected this defence and found him guilty of both murders.
Detective Inspector Andy McWatt, from East Midlands Special Operation Unit, who led the investigation, said: “This was a very tragic and sad incident which not only shattered the world of Bethany and Darren’s family, but deeply affected the community and those entrusted to investigate and prosecute this horrendous offence.
“My deepest condolences go to the family who have shown such bravery throughout this investigation.
“I would also like to thank the local community and witnesses for their support during this trial, and recognise the work of our officers and teams, and the Crown Prosecution Service, who secured this conviction.
“I know the family will never get over losing their loved ones, but I hope this conviction gives them some closure.”
Speaking yesterday, Mr Justice Pepperall said: “For the brutal murders of Bethany Vincent and her son Darren Henson, 9, there is only one sentence of life in prison on both counts.”
Today, Mr Justice Pepperall sentenced Boulton to 40 years for each murders, with both sentences to run concurrently.