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Tuesday 06 November 2018, 10:35 AM
  • A domestic homicide review will be held into the double murder of a Gloucester mother and her daughter
  • Laura Mortimer, aged 31, and her daughter Ella Dalby 11, died on Bank Holiday Monday. Christopher Boon, 28, of Dexter Way, Gloucester, yesterday began a minimum of 29 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder at Bristol Crown Court
  • The review will examine the circumstances to establish if more could have been done by local agencies to safeguard Laura and her daughter
  • The process will be overseen by Safer Gloucestershire which has the authority to hold agencies to account and ensure their recommendations are acted upon.

A new investigation is to be held into the double murder of a Gloucester mother and her daughter.

Laura Mortimer, aged 31, and her daughter Ella Dalby 11, died on Bank Holiday Monday.

 

Laura Mortimer and Ella Dalby

Christopher Boon, 28, of Dexter Way, Gloucester, yesterday began a minimum of 29 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder at Bristol Crown Court.

A domestic homicide review (DHR) will examine the circumstances surrounding the killing. It will establish if more could have been done by local agencies to safeguard Laura and her daughter and establish if there are any lessons to be learned to prevent similar tragedies happening in future.

Christopher Boon

The process will be overseen by Safer Gloucestershire which has the authority to hold agencies to account and ensure their recommendations are acted upon. It will then be made available to the public following quality assurance by the Home Office.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Brierley, who chairs Safer Gloucestershire, said: “There are always lessons to be learned from tragedies like this.

“Examining the conduct of agencies is one element of a review but the primary aim should be to learn from what’s happened in the past and use that knowledge and experience to keep vulnerable people safe in future”.

 

Dexter Way

Sophie Jarrett, County Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence strategic co-ordinator said: “The impact of domestic homicide on families is devastating, and it is vital they are provided with emotional and practical support.

“Families also have a unique perspective on the circumstances that led to the domestic homicide and their testimony is essential for us to understand better how we can support those experiencing domestic abuse and prevent future domestic homicides”.  

Safer Gloucestershire is the first body in the country to agree a joint funding model to provide specialist advocacy support to families affected by domestic homicide. This will guarantee any shortfall from central government funding and ensure all families in the county get the support they need at difficult times, support that will be provided by Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA).

 

Frank Mullane Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse (AAFDA)CEO said: “The approach by Safer Gloucestershire to offer part funding of specialist and expert advocacy services, to go alongside national funding, is very promising and actually a bit heart-warming.

“It demonstrates that local service providers are developing innovative, caring and effective approaches to achieving key objectives for the victims of serious crime that live in their area.  In doing this, they are also sending the signal that they care that people cope and recover from serious crime.  This progressive initiative feels like a re-balancing of the scales of justice”.

 

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