Lincolnshire

Couple jailed for killing after Wainfleet pub wake fracas

Sean and Sarah Booth Image copyright Lincolnshire Police
Image caption Sean and Sarah Booth had admitted manslaughter

A husband and wife who killed an unarmed man in a "ferocious" assault after an altercation at a wake have been jailed for 10 years.

Wayne Baxter, 44, was found with 11 stab wounds in his chest and neck at the home of Sean and Sarah Booth in Croft Bank near Skegness in March 2016.

Earlier he had attended a pub in Wainfleet, where a wake had been held and there had been a "disturbance".

Sean Booth, 26, and Sarah Booth, 37, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The couple, of Croft Bank, Wainfleet, had attacked their victim after he arrived outside their home following the earlier incident at the Woolpack Inn.

The pair had pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control.

Mr Baxter was not part of the funeral wake but was drinking at the same pub and became involved in what began as "banter" in the bar, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Image copyright Google
Image caption Wayne Baxter was killed after an altercation at a wake at the Woolpack pub in Wainfleet, near Skegness

Mr Baxter, a friend of the Booths, later drove his 4X4 straight at Sarah Booth in the pub car park narrowly missing her.

He then went to the Booths' home and damaged Sarah Booth's car before driving away.

But he subsequently went back to the house and the Booths emerged armed with knives and stabbed him to death.

Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, said one of the blows pierced Mr Baxter's heart. Other vital organs were also damaged in the knife attack, the jury heard.

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, said: "This was an assault by two of you upon a man who was unarmed. It was ferocious."

More on this story