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Man who stabbed his 26-year-0ld ex-girlfriend and her autistic son to death jailed for 40 years

Daniel Boulton, 30, murdered his ex-girlfriend Bethany Vincent and her son Darren Henson (Picture: PA)

A violent ex-partner who stabbed a mother and her autistic son to death in front of a baby before going on the run 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.

A court was told Boulton was the subject of a restraining order following a complaint by Ms Vincent, and he developed a ‘hatred’ for Darren.

Boulton ‘loitered for hours’ outside their home in High Holme Road before stabbing them ‘multiple times’ at around 8pm on May 31 last year. He then led police on a 24-hour manhunt with dramatic footage showing armed officers capturing him at a farm on the outskirts of Louth.

Boulton tried to claim he was on ‘autopilot’ at the time of the murders, but jurors dismissed his defence of loss of control.

Sentencing him to life in prison, Mr Justice Pepperall said there was a possibility he may never be released.

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