Tributes paid to Helen Bailey following partner's murder charge

Tributes paid to Helen Bailey following partner's murder charge

The partner of children's author Helen Bailey has been charged with her murder and will appear before St Albans Crown Court today (18th July).

Ian Stewart, 55, of Baldock Road, Royston, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice and preventing lawful burial.

The development comes after human remains were found at her home in Hertfordshire on Saturday (15th July). Hertfordshire police confirmed that body found was Helen Bailey’s.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Fullwood said: “We can now confirm it is Helen Bailey’s body which was located within the grounds of her home... along with the body of her dog Boris."

Bailey was the author of the Electra Brown series (Hodder Children’s Books) and When Bad Things Happen in Good Bikinis, which was published by Bonnier Publishing imprint Blink Reality.

Bonnier released a statement today (18th July), which said: "We are all deeply saddened by Helen's death. Everyone that knew and worked with her at Bonnier Publishing found her to be a genuinely warm, funny and caring woman. Our thoughts go out to her family at this difficult time. We feel honoured to have published her memoir and for her to have shared her story with us."

Bailey's family also paid tribute to the author in a statement, which said: “We share with Helen’s friends, neighbours and fans our shock, disbelief and sadness at the news of her tragic death. As a family we also stand in solidarity with those around the world who have also suffered loss under tragic circumstances. Helen was immensely witty and talented. We love her deeply and are immensely proud of her achievements. She is now at peace and we shall all miss her terribly."
 
Bailey's family also thanked the police and people who had supported them in the search for the author. 
 
“In life, Helen was a very just person and we know that she would now wish, like us, for justice to be done," they added. “As will be understandable, we request that our privacy be respected at this awful time.”