Monday 23 April 2018

Jealous boyfriend who strangled teen model to serve a minimum of 16 years

Elliot Turner, 20, who was found guilty today of murdering his aspiring model girlfriend, Emily Longley, in a jealous rage. Photo: PA
Elliot Turner, 20, who was found guilty today of murdering his aspiring model girlfriend, Emily Longley, in a jealous rage. Photo: PA
Emily Longley
Emily Longley
Emily Longley

Martin Halfpenny

A VIOLENT man who strangled his aspiring model girlfriend in a jealous rage has been told he will serve at least 16 years in jail.

Wealthy jeweller's son Elliot Turner, 20, was found guilty by a jury at Winchester Crown Court yesterday of murdering 17-year-old Emily Longley in his bed after going "absolutely nuts".

The attack was the culmination of a month of anger and upset over his suspicions that she was "twisting his heart" by seeing other men.

He said he acted in self defence when Emily attacked him and he grabbed her by the throat for five or six seconds, and then woke up to find her dead in his bed.

His parents Leigh, 54, and Anita, 51, also face jail terms after being found guilty of helping to cover up the crime by destroying a confession letter from their son and taking away vital evidence after the killing at their home in Bournemouth in May last year.

They will be sentenced later after being convicted of perverting the course of justice after the five-week trial. Turner admitted the same charge during the trial.

Emily's father Mark Longley called Turner evil and said he hoped he would suffer every day in prison for killing Emily, who came over from New Zealand to study at college eight months before her murder.

Turner had a history of obsession with women and soon showed signs of jealousy towards Emily after they met in December 2010. The short, volatile relationship quickly descended into violent arguments, with Turner threatening to kill his girlfriend on an almost daily basis.

The prosecution said Turner used a pillow to smother Emily and then strangled her using a sleeper hold after she went back to his house to talk things over following a violent argument that night.

Sentencing Turner, Mrs Justice Dobbs said: "You told your parents you loved Emily - you really do not know the meaning of love.

"Loving someone is not telling them they are a whore, it is not trying to control them, it is not threatening them, it is not slagging them off to your friends.

"You did not love her, she was just a trophy.

"The relationship, if it can be called that, was all about you. It was about control: control you carried out using aggression and threats.

"You could not be seen to be dumped by her and be seen to look like an idiot to your friends.

"Your arrogance towards Emily when on remand and during the trial has been breathtaking. Your lack of remorse is chilling.

"You can put away thoughts of champagne, Bentleys and girls and concentrate on the reason you are serving a life sentence."

Emily's mother, Caroline, father, Mark, and younger sister, Hannah, sat in the well of the court to hear the judge.

Mrs Justice Dobbs also sentenced Turner to nine months to run concurrently for perverting the course of justice.

Speaking outside court, Mr Longley said he was satisfied with the outcome.

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