Former soldier arrested on suspicion of murdering his 21-year-old wife

August 7, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A former soldier has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his 21-year-old wife, police said today.

Pretty Danielle Roberts was found dead in the flat she shared with husband James Roberts, 27.

Ex squaddie Roberts was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been bailed while investigations continue.

Danielle Roberts with husband James on their wedding day. He has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her

Danielle Roberts with husband James on their wedding day. He has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her

Her devastated mother Cindy Hardiman paid tribute to her “bubbly” daughter who would “always put others first”.

Mrs Hardiman, 49, said: “It’s a complete nightmare. We are still waiting for answers – we still don’t know much about what happened ourselves.

“She was a bubbly girl and very kind-hearted. She would do anything for anybody. She had a heart of gold, was very loving and concerned about everyone else all the time.

“She put others before herself  – probably to a fault. Sometimes we had to tell her to stop and look after herself.

“She had a lot of friends from school and we have had a lot of kind messages.”

The couple had dated for several years before they moved in together in 2012 and married at Bristol Register Office in December.

Their flat in Bedminster, Bristol, remains cordoned off with police tape and officers say they are still treating Danielle’s death last Thursday as unexplained.

Danielle was found dead in her flat on West Street, Bristol

Danielle was found dead in her flat on West Street, Bristol

She leaves behind her distraught sister Sam, 25, and brother Aaron, 28.

Sam, who has just had a baby with her partner, said: “She had a cheeky glint. She was definitely a bit naughty but in a way you couldn’t get mad with her.

“She absolutely loved animals and singing. She made recordings and was first up on the karaoke if she had a few drinks. She wanted to work with animals or children.

“We just have to wait for answers now to try and understand what happened. It’s such a shame she didn’t get to meet her nephew.”

Well-wishers paid tribute to beauty Danielle on Facebook.

Friend Tamara Wardle wrote: “She is so beautiful. May the angels keep you safe xx”

Lisa Coles added: “Such a beautiful young lady…Rip x”

Yesterday (Wed) neighbours of Danielle, known as Danni, said they were in complete shock at news of her death.

Taylor Westlake, 20, who lived in a flat next door to Danielle said she had known the “lovely” brunette for almost a year.

“She was lovely, would always come and say hello to me when we saw each other,” she said.

“She always had her dog with her and would say ‘no nibbles just kisses’, when he came up to me.

“It was such a shock when I heard, she was always so lovely and so kind. We both loved Charmed so she would always come and discuss an episode with me, she was absolutely lovely.

“When she first moved in she came right up to me and introduced herself right away, she was always so talkative and happy.

“James was lovely too, they were both such a nice couple.”

Danielle lived in a modern, new-build, top floor flat with her husband James, cat Rocky and dog Milo.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police confirmed a man had been arrested on suspicion of murder but had since been bailed while inquiries continue.

He added: “Late on Thursday night police and ambulance were called to flats on West Street in Bedminster.

“A woman had died and an investigation is underway to establish the circumstances of her death. It is currently being treated as unexplained.

“Anyone with information about the incident should contact us on 101.”

A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service said they were called at 11.36pm on Thursday to reports of an unconscious female.

She said: “We arrived at the scene of a female who was unconscious and wasn’t breathing and she was unfortunately deceased at the scene.  Police attended.”

A spokesman for Avon Coroner’s Court said an inquest had not yet been opened.

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