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Man stabbed step-daughter, 11, to death as she protected mum

A man has been jailed for life after stabbing his wife and her 11-year-old daughter to death.

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By admin , in England , at November 5, 2018

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A man has been jailed for life after stabbing his wife and her 11-year-old daughter to death.

Christopher Boon, 28, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to killing Laura Mortimer and Ella Dalby at a house in Dexter Way, Gloucester, on May 28.

Richard Smith QC, prosecuting, told the court Ms Mortimer, 31, had clearly fought for her life and her daughter Ella witnessed at least part of the attack before being killed as she bravely came to the help of her mother.

Christopher Boon has pleaded guilty to the murders of Laura Mortimer and Ella Dalby in Dexter Way, Gloucester in May this year

Christopher Boon, 28, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to killing Laura Mortimer and Ella Dalby at a house in Dexter Way, Gloucester, on May 28 (Picture: Gloucestershire Police)

Their bodies were subsequently found in the kitchen floor, Mr Smith said.

Mother laying side by side with daughter in significant pools of blood.

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Boon was today jailed for life and ordered to spend a minimum of 29 years in prison at Bristol Crown Court.

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Mr Smith said police officers attending the scene described it as horrendous.

It is clear that it was a sustained and brutal episode of violence in which Laura and Ella suffered multiple stab wounds about their faces and necks, he told the court.

Ms Mortimer suffered blunt force injuries to her head and arms, consistent with a struggle.

Laura had multiple defence injuries to both of her hands, Mr Smith said.

Christopher Boon has pleaded guilty to the murders of Laura Mortimer and Ella Dalby in Dexter Way, Gloucester in May this year

Mr Smith said it appeared Ella had gone to the aid of her mother after hearing her downstairs with Boon (Picture: Gloucestershire Police)

Christopher Boon has pleaded guilty to the murders of Laura Mortimer and Ella Dalby in Dexter Way, Gloucester in May this year

Ms Mortimer suffered blunt force injuries to her head and arms, consistent with a struggle (Picture: Gloucestershire Police)

She has clearly fought for her life, seeking to fend off and perhaps grasp back the knife that was being used to kill her.

Ms Mortimer had 18 separate stab wounds, while her daughter suffered 24.

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Both died rapidly from their injuries, the court heard.

Mr Smith said it appeared Ella had gone to the aid of her mother after hearing her downstairs with Boon.

Having heard matters dramatically unfold in the kitchen, Ella got out of her bed and bravely came to the help of her mother, Mr Smith said.

Eleven-year-old Ella must have witnessed, in part at least, the murderous attack on her mother before Boon also attacked his stepdaughter.

After the attack, Boon left the property and phoned his mother to tell her what he had done.

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His mothers partner called 999 after arriving at the scene and officers from Gloucestershire Police attended within 10 minutes.

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The court heard Ms Mortimer and Boon had been married for about five years and he was stepfather to Ella.

In early 2018, Boon had an affair and Ms Mortimer told him she wanted a divorce in May.

Video grab of Chris Boon, 28, breaking down during police questioning over the murder of his wife Laura Mortimer, 31, and her daughter Ella Dalby,11.See SWNS story SWBRmurder.Chris Boon, 28, was remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to the murder of his wife Laura Mortimer, 31, and step-daughter Ella Dalby, 11, at Bristol Crown Court in July.A provisional trial date had been set for next month - but Boon changed his plea.The defendant, a Network Rail employee, was initially arrested for the double murder after police made the grisly discovery of two bodies at a home in Gloucester in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday, May 28.The couple were due to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary this year and had two children together, aged four and six, who were believed to have been in the house at the time.

Eleven-year-old Ella must have witnessed, in part at least, the murderous attack on her mother before Boon also attacked his stepdaughter (Picture: SWNS)

File Pic - A large police cordon is in place in Dexter Way, Gloucestershire. May 28, 2018. See SWNS story SWBRmurder. .See SWNS story SWBRmurder.Chris Boon, 28, was remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to the murder of his wife Laura Mortimer, 31, and step-daughter Ella Dalby, 11, at Bristol Crown Court in July.A provisional trial date had been set for next month - but Boon changed his plea.The defendant, a Network Rail employee, was initially arrested for the double murder after police made the grisly discovery of two bodies at a home in Gloucester in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday, May 28.The couple were due to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary this year and had two children together, aged four and six, who were believed to have been in the house at the time.

In early 2018, Boon had an affair and Ms Mortimer told him she wanted a divorce in May (Picture: SWNS)

File Pic - A large police cordon is in place in Dexter Way, Gloucestershire. May 28, 2018. See SWNS story SWBRmurder. .See SWNS story SWBRmurder.Chris Boon, 28, was remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to the murder of his wife Laura Mortimer, 31, and step-daughter Ella Dalby, 11, at Bristol Crown Court in July.A provisional trial date had been set for next month - but Boon changed his plea.The defendant, a Network Rail employee, was initially arrested for the double murder after police made the grisly discovery of two bodies at a home in Gloucester in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday, May 28.The couple were due to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary this year and had two children together, aged four and six, who were believed to have been in the house at the time.

Ms Mortimer ran her own business, Sweet Beginnings, offering bespoke bridal gowns and wedding planning services (Picture: SWNS)

On May 27, Laura went out for the evening, Mr Smith said.

She told friends who were there that she had asked Christopher Boon to leave within two weeks. Laura said her husband wasnt happy at being told he had to leave.

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Boon previously denied the charges against him but entered guilty pleas at a hearing on Monday.

Ms Mortimer ran her own business, Sweet Beginnings, offering bespoke bridal gowns and wedding planning services.

Ella was a student at Barnwood Park Arts College, where she had a passion for dance.

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