Husband, 28, admits double murder of wife and daughter

Husband, 28, ADMITS double murder of estranged wedding planner wife, 31, and 11-year-old daughter

  • Christopher Boon pleaded guilty to murders of Laura Mortimer and Ella Dalby
  • Wedding planner, 31, and Ella, 11, were pronounced dead at house in Gloucester
  • Ms Mortimer ran a firm offering bridal gowns and wedding planning services
  • Dozens of floral tributes were left outside the home following the tragic deaths 

A married father today admitted murdering his wife and her 11-year-old daughter.

Christopher Boon, 28, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to the murders of Laura Mortimer, 31, and Ella Dalby.

Ms Mortimer, a wedding planner, and Ella were pronounced dead at a house in Gloucester on May 28. Boon will be sentenced by Mrs Justice May today. 

Christopher Boon (right), 28, pleaded guilty to murdering his wife Laura Mortimer (left), 31

Boon’s daughter Ella (pictured) was pronounced dead at a house in Gloucester on May 28

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

Police had been called to the modern terraced property on the outskirts of the city at 4.50am, responding to reports that two people had been seriously injured.


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Dozens of floral tributes were left outside the home following the tragic deaths.

Ms Mortimer’s mother wrote: ‘You will always be in my heart and be loved and missed very much. Lots of love, sleep tight, Mum and Hen.’

Police at the scene following the mother and daughter’s deaths in Gloucester on May 28

Ms Mortimer’s sister wrote: ‘To my amazing, beautiful sister Laura and niece Ella. Words can’t explain how I feel, I’m broken. Love you to the moon and back.’

Sarah Tufnell, the head of Barnwood Park Arts College, where Ella was a student, paid tribute to the 11-year-old, speaking of her ‘passion’ for dance.

‘Barnwood Park is a small and tightly-knit school, and Ella was involved enthusiastically in our school life, having a particular passion for dance,’ she said.

‘She also helped recently with her form’s contribution for our school cultural day. She will be deeply missed by us all.’

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