Mother and autistic son brutally stabbed by ex-partner in front of child, court says

A violent ex-partner brutally stabbed a mother and her young autistic son to death in front of a troubled child before leading police on a 24-hour search, a court was told.

Enel Bolton is accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend Bethany Vincent and their nine-year-old son Darren Henson, also known as DJ, “multiple times” while being the subject of a restraining order on May 31 last year. Was.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that Bolton had developed a “hatred” for Darren prior to the murders.

Mr Bolton’s case would be that, although he physically stabbed two victims, he was, at the time, suffering from a recognized mental condition that had substantially impeded his ability to make rational decisions and exercise self-control. had influenced.Prosecutor Katherine Goddard

A nine-month-old child was seen crawling around the house when emergency services arrived at the property at High Holme Road in Louth, Lincolnshire, the court heard, with the defendant later leaving a note saying: “I, Daniel Bolton, Take full responsibility for 182.”

Relations between Boulton and Ms Vincent had “deteriorated” by the end of March 2019 and she was eventually ordered not to contact her ex-partner, jurors were told.

Bolton led Lincolnshire Police until the next day, when he allegedly stabbed an off-duty police officer in the leg in the Hubbards Hills area of ​​Louth before being arrested at a nearby farm.

Prosecutors said there was “no dispute” after Bolton stabbed both victims, denying alleged crimes with them because his ability to exercise self-control had been “impaired.”

Opening the case against Bolton on Thursday, prosecutor Katherine Goddard QC said: “Last year at around 8 p.m. on May 31, a young woman and her nine-year-old son were brutally murdered in their own home. .

“There is no dispute that the person who stabbed both victims was the defendant, Daniel Bolton.

“Mr. Bolton’s case would be that, although he physically stabbed two victims, he was suffering from a recognized mental condition at the time, which substantially impeded his ability to make rational decisions and to exercise self-control. Impressed.”

None of that contact was sought by Bethany and, in fact, just days after she and DJ were stabbed to death, they were due to move into a new home – at Mr. Bolton’s undisclosed address.Prosecutor Katherine Goddard

Addressing the history between Bolton and Ms. Vincent, Ms. Goddard said: “The relationship between Bethany and the defendant began in March 2019 and like most relationships, everything was good at the beginning. Everyone seemed happy.

“But, by the end of that year, it had worsened and was marked by, prosecutors say, escalating violence from Mr Bolton towards Bethany and, later, towards her parents.

Bethany complained to the police about violence and behavior towards Mr Bolton and him, and was made the subject of a restraining order preventing Mr Bolton from contacting him.

“Another restraining order was given after another incident in February 2021, but despite both of those orders, Mr Bolton continued to contact Bethany – by telephone, by text message, by social media messages, and unannounced and unannounced.” Invite him to visit his house.

“None of that contact was sought by Bethany and, in fact, just days after she and DJ were stabbed to death, they were due to move into a new home – at Mr. Bolton’s undisclosed address.”

Ms Goddard continued: “Social services became involved with Bethany and her family following the first complaint to police of domestic violence in November 2020.

“Their concerns pertain only to the risk that Mr Bolton posed to the family.

He blushed, seemed agitated, and called witnesses to call an ambulance because someone had been stabbed inside.Prosecutor Katherine Goddard

“She had, until then, expressed her hatred of DJ, a nine-year-old boy … who had been diagnosed with autism.”

“He was seen running from a street to the back of number 182.

“He blushed, seemed agitated, and called witnesses to call an ambulance because someone had been stabbed inside.

“Then he left casually, without waiting for emergency services to arrive.”

Describing what emergency services saw upon entering the home, Ms Goddard said: “In the downstairs front room, they found Bethany lying on her side, half folded into a ball, clearly already was dead

“Upstairs, they found DJ lying next to his bed, also apparently dead.

“It appears that both were stabbed multiple times and, in addition to the obvious stabbings, they had marks corresponding to blunt force trauma – being hit by something.”

Ms Goddard said a nine-month-old baby was also found at the property, “untouched and unaffected but clearly distressed and crawling through the house.”

He also wrote a note on a piece of paper saying ‘I, Daniel Bolton, take full responsibility for 182’Prosecutor Katherine Goddard

She continued: “The police investigation began and it did not take long for Mr Bolton to be identified as a suspect in the murders, and efforts were made to locate him.

“Mr Bolton forcibly entered an empty hut, where he stole clothing and some food items.

“He even wrote a note on a piece of paper saying, ‘I, Daniel Bolton, take full responsibility for 182’.”

Addressing the circumstances of the alleged stabbing of an off-duty police officer, Ms Goddard said: “On the morning of 1 June, an off-duty police officer, PC Dennis, was taking his dogs to the bungalow that Mr. Bolton had broken it. Earlier in the night.”

Ms Goddard said officers became concerned for the safety of another dog walker because they knew Bolton was wanted by police and “knew about the circumstances of the killings”.

The prosecutor continued: “There was a small confrontation,[between the two men]being assaulted. Mr. Bolton fled, was chased by PC Dennis, and during a second confrontation Mr. Bolton pulled out a knife and stabbed PC Dennis. Knife in the leg.

“Once again, Mr Bolton fled, but PC Dennis managed to contact his police colleagues and soon the area was flooded with police.”

Bolton of Alexandra Road, Skagness, denies the murder of Vincent and her son, assault with intent to resist arrest, and theft.

Trial continues.