The family of a mother and daughter who were killed in a frenzied knife attack have slammed the "brutal monster" who murdered them.
Christopher Boon has been jailed after fatally stabbing his wife Laura Mortimer, 31, and her 11-year-old daughter Ella Dalby at their home in Gloucester on May 28.
The victims’ relatives have now released an emotive statement detailing their grief, pain and heartbreak.
It said Boon, 28, has given them "a full life sentence of loss and sorrow" as their devastating loss has left them with a huge void.
The family statement said: "Laura and Ella were both taken from us in the most vicious, painful and unforgivable way and our hearts have been broken beyond repair.
‘Their loss leaves a huge void in all of our lives and the sense of grief, anger and despair we all feel has been overwhelming.
"Our beautiful Laura was a devoted mother and the most caring person who would go out of her way to help anyone.
"She was fun loving, lived life to the full and had an infectious sense of humour. She loved to make others happy.
"She wasn’t just adored by her family, but by her many friends and those in the wedding industry, where she thrived as a talented wedding planner."
The statement continued with a tribute to Ella.
It said: "Ella was a beautiful, loving and happy 11-year-old girl.
"She was a talented ballroom dancer and was so looking forward to her teenage years and all the exciting things which life would hold for her.
"Ella had a bright future ahead of her which tragically she will never be able to enjoy.
"Ella was Tom’s only child. She was his world. She was such a ‘daddy’s girl’ and they spent so much time together.
"The pair were beyond close and there are not enough words to describe how proud of her he was.
"The public outpouring of grief following the murders of Laura and Ella shows the kind of people they were.
"The memories we have of them are in our thoughts every hour of every day and their loss is torture to us."
Referencing Boon, the statement continued: "No sentence will ever be enough to pay for what he has done to them and to us. He has given us a full life sentence of loss and sorrow.
"We are thankful that, that cruel, brutal monster will spend years behind bars where he can contemplate and comprehend the heartlessness of his actions.
"We now wish to be left in peace to continue to grieve and to try and start to rebuild our lives after the devastation that has so mercilessly ripped through our families."
There was loud applause as Boon was taken down to the cells after being given a life sentence for killing the pair.
He offered no apology after pleading guilty at Bristol Crown Court.
Ms Mortimer had "clearly fought for her life" and Ella had "bravely" gone to her mother’s aid before she too was murdered with a kitchen knife.
Their bodies were found "side by side" in pools of blood on the kitchen floor of their home after Boon had fled the scene.
Ella had been stabbed 24 times while Ms Mortimer had 18 separate knife wounds, Gloucestershire Live reports.
Boon, who admitted murdering the pair, had cheated on his wife – causing their marriage to break down – and was angry after she told him to move out within two weeks, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Ms Mortimer had told him she wanted a divorce in May.
The double murder was described as "a sustained and brutal episode of violence" and it came as Boon was angry after Ms Mortimer asked him to move out.
Sentencing Boon to a life sentence with a minimum term of 29 years, Mrs Justice May praised Ella for coming to her mother’s aid.
She told Boon: "She would have witnessed some part of your murderous attack on her mother and tried to stop you before you turned on her.
"What a brave girl. She and her mother were found lying together, side by side."
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