July 5, 2021 3.51 pm

Man accused of Louth double murder appears in court

A provisional trial date has been set

A man charged with murdering his ex-partner and her young son in Lincolnshire has appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday.

Daniel Boulton, 29, of Alexandra Road, Skegness, is accused of stabbing Bethany Vincent, 26, and her nine-year-old son Darren Henson at a house in Louth, Lincs, on May 31.

He has also been charged with assaulting a police officer with intent to resist arrest on June 1 and a further offence of burglary at Hubbards Hills Cottage in Halfpenny Lane, Louth, where it is alleged clothing, food and drink were stolen between May 30 and June 2.

Double murder suspect Daniel Boulton resisted arrest following a manhunt in Louth | Photo: BBC

Boulton this afternoon appeared at Lincoln Crown Court by video-link. He spoke only to confirm his name.

Boulton faces two charges of murder, one charge of assault with intent to resist arrest and a further charge of burglary.

No pleas were entered and Boulton will next appear for a plea and case management hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on September 27.

The site of Daniel Boulton’s arrest at Hubbard’s Hill in Louth. | Photo: Jon Aron

Judge John John Pini QC fixed the case for a provisional trial at Lincoln Crown Court beginning on January 10 next year.

The trial is expected to last between three to four weeks.

No charges were put to Boulton and Judge Pini remanded him in custody to appear back before Lincoln Crown Court on September 27 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

Flowers, candles and photographs were laid by a tree as a vigil was held in memory of Louth murder victims Bethany Vincent and her nine-year-old son Darren Henson. | Photo: Graeme Whitworth

Boulton was arrested in the Hubbards Hills area of Louth on 1 June as a result of what detectives described as “a tragic, extraordinary, and worrying set of circumstances.”

Police were called to High Holme Road in Louth at 8.29pm on 31 May by paramedics, where they found Ms Vincent and her son dead. Both had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Another young child was found at the home unhurt, Lincolnshire Police said.

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