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‘I will never forgive’ - Family of Laura Mortimer and Ella Dalby speak out on first anniversary of murder

Hilary Stinchcombe, Laura Mortimer's mum, has said she will never forgive her killer. Credit: ITV News West Country

The family of a mother and daughter from Gloucester who were murdered in their own home have said they will never forgive their killer.

Laura Mortimer and her 11-year-old daughter, Ella Dalby, were stabbed to death by Christopher Boon in May last year.

Boon, who was married to Ms Mortimer but had been asked to leave two weeks prior to the incident, was jailed for 29 years in November.

Laura Mortimer (left) and her daughter Ella Dalby (right).

One year on from their tragic deaths, the family of Laura and Ella say they will never forgive Boon for what he did.

Laura’s mum Hilary Stinchcombe described Boon as “an absolute monster”.

Killer Christopher Boon was jailed for 29 years.

I can still hear Ella in my house. I get really upset to think it’s been a year since I’ve seen my granddaughter. I miss the laughter.

She was my only grandchild so we have no children in the house no more and we are all absolutely devastated.

I couldn’t believe anybody could be so cruel. He’s an absolute monster as far as I’m concerned and I won’t ever be able to forgive it.

– Hilary, Laura's mum

During Boon’s sentencing at Bristol Crown Court in November last year, details regarding the double murder emerged.

The court heard the couple’s marriage had fallen apart after a woman contacted Laura to admit having an affair with Boon.

The court heard Ella tried to help her mum after she was attacked by Boon.

On the night of the murders, Boon was at the family home in Dexter War while Laura was with friends at a nearby pub.

She returned in the early hours of the morning, which is when Boon launched his attack.

Laura's home in Dexter Way, where the murders took place. Credit: ITV News West Country

Evidence gathered from the house suggested Ella was in bed at the time, but got up and intervened when she saw her mother struggling with Boon.

Kim Clements, who is Ella’s grandmother, said thinking about their deaths made her angry.

Kim Clements, who is the mother of Laura's ex-husband (not Christopher Boon). Credit: ITV News

The way they died and what he did to them and the more I think about it, the more angry it makes me.

Nobody should go through what our family went through, the way we suffered. They will always be in my heart, there’s not a moment that goes by when I don’t think about them.

– Kim, Ella’s grandmother