Killer loses murder appeal

A man who was given a life sentence for killing his ex-girlfriend, tried to get his murder conviction overturned today.

Emily Longley's killer will remain in prison

He was handed a life sentence for murdering his girlfriend and, today, judges ruled that Elliott Turner will remain in prison despite an appeal against his conviction. The 21-year-old strangled Emily Longley in a jealous rage at his home in Bournemouth in 2011.

His parents were also jailed for trying to help cover up the crime. Kate Bunkall was at the Court of Appeal today. She spoke to Emily's father Mark Longley and her Grandfather Ron Longley.

Appeal argument dismissed

During his trial Turner claimed that 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 at his home.

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

Turner's QC Anthony Donne told the appeal judges earlier today the appeal against conviction centred on the use by the police of a covert listening device at his family home in Bournemouth

But this argument was dismissed by the appeal judges.

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Judges reject killer's appeal

After hearing argument on Turner's behalf and from a QC representing the prosecution, Lord Judge announced that the court had decided to reject Turner's challenge.

He said the court had reached the "clear conclusion" that the appeal should be dismissed.

The court also threw out Turner's bid to have his sentence reduced.

The judges will give their reasons for their decision at a date to be announced.

A large number of Emily's family were in court, including members who had travelled from their home in New Zealand.

Killer loses murder appeal

Elliot Turner
Elliot Turner arrives at the Court of Appeal today Credit: Nicholas Razzell

A killer who murdered his girlfriend has had his appeal against conviction dismissed.

Seventeen-year-old Emily Longley was found dead at Elliot Turner's family home in Bournemouth. Turner was found guilty of her murder last May.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal have just dismissed his application.

Killer to appeal his murder conviction

Emily Longley
Emily Longley was found at Elliot Turner's family home in May 2011 Credit: Dorset Police

A man who was given a life sentence for killing his ex-girlfriend, will try to get his murder conviction overturned today. 17-year-old Emily Longley was found dead at Elliot Turner's family home in Bournemouth. He was found guilty of her murder last May.

Elliot Turner
Elliot Turner was found guilty of Emily's murder last May Credit: Dorset Police