Man guilty of Delia's murder

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 85-year-old Southampton woman Delia Hughes.

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Full report: 'social recluse' sentenced for murder

A man who bludgeoned to death an elderly and defenceless widow at her home in Southampton has been jailed for a minimum of 25 years.

Jamie Boult, said to be a 'social recluse,' attacked 85-yeaR-old Delia Hughes in her flat at Ocean Village. The jury heard it was a random and motiveless crime. Watch Martin Dowse's report from Winchester Crown Court.

CPS statement: Jamie Boult killed 'lively' pensioner

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 she’d 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.

– Carl Anderson, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex

He added:

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.’”

– Carl Anderson, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex


Delia murder: man remanded

A man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of an 85-year-old pensioner found bludgeoned to death in her home in Southampton. Unemployed Jamie Lee Boult, 24, of Chessel Crescent, Southampton, appeared before the city's magistrates accused of killing of DeliaHughes.


Breaking News: Arrest in Ocean Village murder

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of 85-year-old Southampton woman Delia Hughes. The 24-year-old, from the Bitterne area of Southampton, was arrested on suspicion of murder this morning.

The man remains in police custody and is being interviewed by detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team. The arrest comes after the great grandmother was found dead at her home in Ocean Village on August 18.

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