Jamie Boult sentenced to life for the murder of Delia Hughes


Jamie Boult was today sentenced to life after being found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of the murder of Delia Hughes who was found dead in her home on 18th August 2012. He was also found guilty of an additional offence of aggravated burglary. He will have to serve a minimum term of 25 years before being eligible before the Parole Board.

Carl Anderson, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "On 18 August 2012, Jamie Boult brutally killed Delia Hughes in her home. He struck her repeatedly about the head with a hammer. He had the hammer with him because he specifically intended to kill someone that day.

Delia Hughes was a lively 85-year-old pensioner living alone. She was a total stranger to Jamie Boult and most sadly became his choice of victim simply because he was passing through the area where she lived and shed left open the patio doors to her flat.

Having killed her, he pocketed some jewellery before he went into her kitchen and drank a carton of orange juice. He then left through the same patio doors ensuring that the curtains were drawn behind him.

The jury at Winchester Crown Court heard that four days before the murder Jamie Boult burgled a neighbour's home in Chessel Crescent.

"Luckily for these neighbours they were out at the time. They returned to find their home had been broken into jewellery and an expensive guitar were stolen. Later, an axe that did not belong to the neighbours was found in the vicinity of the burgled home, James Boult would later tell the police: "If anybody had been there, I probably would have killed them.'"

Four days later, Jamie Boult entered Mrs. Hughes' home and carried out his cold and brutal attack on a defenceless elderly woman.

Mr Anderson said: "Jamie Boult's defence was one of diminished responsibility. Today, the jury rejected that defence and convicted him of murder. I would like to thank and commend the Hampshire police officers involved in investigating this harrowing crime and bringing it to closure. Our thoughts are especially with the family of Mrs Hughes at this time."