Thug who butchered ex and her autistic son sparking manhunt jailed for 40 years

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A thug who butchered his ex-partner and her autistic nine-year-old son has been jailed for 40 years.

Daniel Boulton, 30, walked 28 miles from a hostel in Skegness to Louth, Lincolnshire, to kill Bethany Vincent, 26, and her nine-year-old son Darren Henson.

He was sentenced on Wednesday afternoon at Lincoln Crown Court for life, with a minimum term of 40 years.

The court heard that Boulton was the subject of a restraining order following a complaint by Ms Vincent and he developed a "hatred" for Darren and wanted to "wipe out the bloodline" of Ms Vincent.

Boulton "loitered for hours" outside their home on High Holme Road before stabbing them "multiple times" at around 8pm on May 31 last year.

The 30-year-old then proceeded to lead the police on a 24-hour manhunt until he was finally arrested the following day – June 1.

During the manhunt, Boulton is said to have injured an off-duty police officer.

Boulton tried to claim he was on "autopilot" at the time of the murders and used the defence of loss of control, but jurors dismissed this.

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He admitted manslaughter, as well as assault with intent to resist arrest, and burglary, but he denied murder.

The couple's relationship had "deteriorated" by the end of March 2019 and he was eventually ordered not to contact her.

Over the bank holiday weekend prior to the murder, Boulton sent her nearly 900 messages.

One of them read: "You destroyed my life and have the cheek to say I ruined yours."

Prosecutor Katherine Goddard QC said witnesses saw Boulton on the day of the murders, adding: "He seemed flushed, agitated, and called out to the witnesses to call an ambulance as someone had been stabbed inside.

"He then casually walked away, not waiting for the emergency services to arrive."

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