THE man found guilty of murdering aspiring model girlfriend Emily Longley has won the right to appeal.

Elliot Turner, 21, has been granted leave to appeal his conviction and sentence.

A full appeal hearing will now be heard before three judges at the Court of Appeal in London where Turner's legal team will try to get his murder conviction overturned.

Self-professed playboy Turner was jailed for life in May after being convicted of killing 17-year-old Emily in his bed at the family home in Queenswood Avenue, Queens Park, Bournemouth, on May 7, 2011.

He was told he would have to serve a minimum of 16 years in prison before he would be considered for parole.

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

A spokesman for the Court of Appeal said yesterday: “I can confirm he has been granted leave to appeal his conviction and sentence. A date has yet to be fixed.”

Turner admitted during the four-week trial at Winchester Crown Court that he had grabbed Emily around the throat during an argument but claimed it was self defence and she was alive afterwards.

His parents, Leigh and Anita Turner, were also convicted during the same trial of perverting the course of justice by destroying a confession note and removing a jacket from the scene.

They were each jailed for 27 months.

British-born Emily emigrated to New Zealand with her parents Mark and Caroline, and sister Hannah, when she was nine.

She returned to the UK to live with her grandparents in Southbourne and study a business diploma course at Brockenhurst College.

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