An ex-boyfriend of VIOLENT was today found guilty of murdering a mother and her young autistic son.
Daniel Boulton, 30, stabbed 26-year-old Bethany Vincent and 9-year-old son Darren “DJ” Henson “multiple times” at her home in Louth, Lincs.
He then led police on a 24-hour manhunt before being reported to have stabbed a duty officer in the leg as they tried to arrest him.
Bolton had previously pleaded guilty two counts of manslaughter, but denies killing mother and son in 2020 – claiming he was on “autopilot”.
He also pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Stephen Dennis with intent to resist arrest the day after the murder and burglary of an empty home in Hubbards Hill.
But a jury at Lincoln Crown Court found him guilty of murdering his mother and son.
In the hours before the double killer Boulton “lurked” outside her home for hours, after walking 28 miles to get to her.
The court heard that Bethany had a restraining order against Boulton at the time of her death after complaining to police in November 2019.
Another restraining order came after another incident in February 2021 but Boulton continued to visit Bethany’s house and text her.
Jurors were told social services were involved in the family after Bethany first reported Boulton about the domestic violence in November 2020.
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He was ordered not to contact his ex, but “repeatedly broke” the order, sending her nearly 900 Facebook messages in the weekend before the attack.
Prosecutor Katherine Goddard QC told the court he also developed a “hate” with Darren, who has autism.
He also threatened to “wipe out” her family’s bloodline before launching a ferocious attack.
On the day of the attack, he walked 28 miles to her home and repeatedly rammed the couple.
Police found Bethany lying in the front room and Darren on the floor of his bedroom, with both stab wounds and blunt force trauma.
The family planned to move to an address Boulton didn’t know about just days after the attack.
A nine-month-old baby was also found crawling around the house alone, “obviously distressed” but unharmed.
After launching a callous attack, Boulton calmly left the scene before spending the night on the run.
He broke into an empty house where he stole some wine, clothes and food and left a note saying “I, Daniel Boulton, take full responsibility”.
The next day, he was spotted by officer on duty Stephen Dennis, who tried to arrest him but was stabbed in the leg.
He fled from PC Dennis, but was later cornered in a warehouse and assigned after attempting to get several armed officers to shoot him, the court said.
How can you get help?
Women’s Aid offers this advice to victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services like SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Get familiar with Silent Solutions, report abuse without talking on the phone, dial “55” instead.
- Always keep some money with you, including change to buy public phones or bus fares.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a less risky area of the house – for example, where there is an exit and access to the phone.
- Avoid kitchens and garages where there may be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you could get trapped, such as the bathroom or where you might get locked into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open to weekdays and weekends in times of crisis – email@example.com.
Women’s Aid offers a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am – 6pm and weekends 10am – 6pm.
You can also call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline toll-free on 0808 2000 247.
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