A Bournemouth man who strangled a teenage girl to death has been convicted of murder following a detailed investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team.
The murderer’s mother and father have also been convicted of intent to pervert the course of justice.
Elliot Turner, 20, killed Emily Longley in his bedroom at his home address along Queenswood Avenueon Saturday 7 May 2011. Turner, along with his parents Leigh and Anita Turner, then attempted to deceive investigators.
The court heard that 17-year-old Emily had ended her relationship with Turner shortly before her death – the jealous and unpredictable Turner had threatened the Brockenhurst College student repeatedly and boasted of his violent intentions to a number of his friends.
During one such incident, Turner turned up at a Bournemouth wine bar armed with a brick hammer and threatened a man he considered a rival.
Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Evidence was heard that Turner’s behaviour toward Emily became increasingly aggressive, with a number of the witnesses recalling the unacceptable way that he would talk to and treat her.
“He could not accept that Emily no longer wished to be his girlfriend and his obsessive nature clearly spiralled out of control. He planned Emily’s killing, convincing her to spend the night at his bedsit and even going as far as to practice strangle holds with one of his friends.
“After attacking Emily, we believed that Turner delayed in contacting the emergency services – instead confiding in his parents, who also chose not to seek medical assistance immediately. They used this time to ensure that their stories matched up before they spoke with the police.
“Desperate to protect their son, Leigh and Anita Turner destroyed what we believe to be a confession letter from Elliot Turner and also removed a jacket from the scene.”
Turner was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court today, Monday 21 May 2012. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in 9 hours. He had earlier pleaded guilty to intent to pervert the course of justice.
Leigh and Anita Turner, aged 53 and 50 respectively, were found guilty of intent to pervert the course of justice. They were also convicted at Winchester Crown Court today, Monday 21 May 2012.
They will be sentenced in about four weeks’ time.
DI Devoto continued: “The jury has today dismissed Turner’s baseless claims that he was acting in self defence and has found him guilty of Emily’s murder.
“This verdict comes at the end of a complex investigation by Dorset Police – an investigation made even more challenging due to the actions of Turner and his parents.
“Emily was a beautiful, popular and well-loved young lady, who had only moved to Dorset, from New Zealand, a year before she was tragically murdered by a violent and controlling individual.
“This has been an understandably difficult time for Emily’s family and friends – both locally and overseas – and I would like to thank them, and the many witnesses who helped in this investigation, for their time and co-operation.
“The facts of this case are extremely tragic and I hope that this conviction goes some way to provide closure for Emily’s loved ones.”