THE SON of a wealthy jeweller strangled his model girlfriend in bed before his parents helped him cover up his crime, a court was told yesterday.
Elliot Turner, 20, “flipped out” and killed Emily Longley in a drunken rage after suspecting that she might have been cheating on him, jurors were told.
Before attacking her, he boasted that he could go to prison for killing Miss Longley, 17, and “still come out a millionaire”, Winchester Crown Court was told.
Two months previously, Miss Longley had written to Mr Turner saying she loved him but wanted him to “stop being so controlling”.
After her death, police bugged Mr Turner’s family home and recorded the parents talking about “fabricating evidence”. They also recorded Mr Turner describing how he “flipped out and went absolutely nuts”. He said: “I have never in my life felt such anger and it had been building up for a month. She punched me and I was so angry, I lost it.”
His father Leigh Turner, 54, was alleged to have erased a letter of confession by his son using bleach. His mother Anita, 51, was said to have removed from the house a coat her son had worn on the night of Miss Longley’s death.
Timothy Mousley, prosecuting, said computers seized from the home in the Queens Park area of Bournemouth showed Google searches had been made for “death by strangulation” and “how to get out of being charged for murder”.
Mr Turner was alleged to have become “threatening, aggressive, violent, controlling and possessive” towards Miss Longley during their four-month relationship.
“He became suspicious of Emily and distrusting of her,” said Mr Mousley.
“These aspects of his character became more and more obvious and culminated in his killing Emily in his bedroom in the middle of the night.”
The court was told he became jealous when she changed her Facebook profile picture of the pair to one in which she was “flirting with some other lads”.
Days before she died, the couple had an argument after he accused her of seeing other people.
Two days before the killing, Mr Turner took a hammer to a club where Miss Longley, whose picture had been on the front cover of a magazine in New Zealand, was with friends.
He had told a friend that he was going to kill her, the court was told. The bug in the Turners’ house recorded him saying: “It’s going to come back to me. The fact I said I was going to kill her, I sent messages saying I was going to kill her and I went into a club with a weapon.
“It’s all going to come out and ---- me when I get to court.”
The evening before the alleged murder, Mr Turner and a friend picked Miss Longley up in his car and he gave her some flowers. Mr Mousley said: “The conversation deteriorated and Elliot was aggressive to his friends and Emily. He told her he would kill her and go to prison for it and still come out a millionaire.”
Miss Longley went back to a friend’s house but the couple made up and she went to Mr Turner’s home with him, the court heard. His mother called an ambulance the next morning, Mr Mousley said. Mr Turner told paramedics that they “had an argument that turned violent”. She was “kicking and punching” him and he had to defend himself, the court was told.
“He went to get her a glass of water before she went to sleep. In the morning he woke up and she was dead.” Mr Turner was arrested that morning. He denies murder and perverting the course of justice. His parents each deny perverting the course of justice.
Miss Longley, who was raised in Auckland, had been living with her grandparents in Bournemouth while she studied for a business diploma.
The trial continues.