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Judge asks Daniel Boulton murder trial jury to consider case “dispassionately”

Experts agree he suffered from dissocial personality disorder

A jury in the trial of a Skegness man accused of murdering his ex-partner and her nine-year-old son have been asked to consider the evidence “dispassionately”.

Daniel Boulton, 30, admits the manslaughter of his former girlfriend Bethany Vincent and her son, Darren Henson, but denies their murder.

Ms Vincent and Darren, known to his family as DJ, were both found stabbed to death at their home in High Holme Road, Louth, shortly after 8pm on May 31.

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

Experts for the defence and prosecution agree 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.

Flowers outside the home in Louth in memory of Bethany and Darren. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

Boulton told Dr Vandenabeele: “It was like I wasn’t there, auto-pilot did the job for me.”

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

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

Katherine Goddard QC, prosecuting, said: “The case revolves around four minutes on 31 May between 20.19pm and 20.23pm, and whether in that four minutes Daniel Boulton lost that control which so characterises him.”

The jury was this morning addressed by the trial judge, Mr Justice Pepperall, who gave them a legal framework to reach their verdicts.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money towards the funerals of alleged Louth murder victims Bethany Vincent and Darren Henson.

Mr Justice Pepperall told the jury they would have to consider if it was more likely than not that Mr Boulton’s personality disorder substantially impaired his ability to exercise self control.

Furthermore, the jurors must consider if it is more likely than not that Mr Boulton’s personality disorder caused or was a significant contributing factor in causing him to kill Bethany Vincent and Darren Henson.

Floral tributes have been left at High Holme Road, Louth. | Photo: John Aron

Mr Justice Pepperall told the jury it was entirely understandable to have sympathy for Bethany Vincent, Darren Henson and their families.

“You have heard some very distressing evidence,” Mr Justice Pepperall told the jury. “And I suspect you don’t like Mr Boulton.”

There was a heavy police presence in Louth following the alleged murder of a mum and child. | Photo: Jon Aron

But Mr Justice Pepperall said that would be an emotional response and asked the jury to consider the evidence dispassionately.

It is alleged Boulton carried out the murders after walking 28 miles from his hostel in Alexandra Road, Skegness.

Groups of people gathered to pay their respects. | Photo: Graeme Whitworth

Boulton then led police on a manhunt 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, the trial heard.

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.

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