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    BournemouthMum wrote:
    They (the parents) didn't do anything that most parents would do. They protected their son - wrong yes, but crime of the century - no. They deserve punishment but they've had their lives turned upside down by their son's actions.
    You say, 'Crime of the century-no'

    How flippant is that comment. If their lies had got it reduced to manslaughter it would still have been one of the most vile crimes to come out of this town.

    Their lives have been turned upside down because their son murdered a beautiful defenceless young girl and further turned upside down because they CHOSE to lie for him.

    Would most parents do this, I don't think so."
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UPDATED Emily Longley trial: Elliot Turner guilty of murder

UPDATED Emily Longley trial: Elliot Turner guilty of murder

Emily Longley

Elliot Tuner

Leigh and Anita Turner

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OBSESSED Elliot Turner has been found guilty of murdering his model girlfriend Emily Longley.

Elliot, 20, strangled 17-year-old Emily in his bedroom of the family home in Queenswood Avenue, Queens Park, Bournemouth on May 7 last year.

His parents Leigh and Anita Turner were also found guilty of perverting the course of justice by trying to cover for their son. They destroyed what police say was a confession note from Elliot and removed a jacket from the crime scene.

Former Uplands School pupil Elliot, who admitted to grabbing Emily by the neck during a row but denied killing her, raised his eyebrows, shook his head and swore under his breath as the foreman delivered the verdict at Winchester Crown Court.

He was later seen smiling in the dock as he hugged his parents.

Don't miss Tuesday's Daily Echo: Emily as her parents remember her and a profile of "evil, controlling" Elliot Turner as well as the full story of the case.

Elliot has also been convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice after entering a guilty plea half way through the trial.

He faces life imprisonment and will be handed a minimum prison term on Tuesday morning by the Honourable Mrs Justice Dobbs.

Leigh and Anita Turner have been released on conditional bail while pre-sentence reports are compiled. The judge warned them that a prison sentence is on the cards.

Emily's parents Mark and Caroline were joined by Emily's sister Hannah, relatives and friends in the public gallery to hear the verdicts.

Elliot, who worked as an assistant underwriter for Rias in Bournemouth and his family's jewellery business in Bournemouth town centre, met Emily while on a double date with mutual friends.

British-born Emily moved to New Zealand when she was nine. She'd travelled to England shortly before her death to live with her grandparents in Southbourne and study for a business diploma at Brockenhurst College.

Speaking outside court, DI Neil Devoto of Dorset Police, said: “We are delighted with the verdict. I would like to pay tribute to the Major Crime Investigation Team managed by DS Gavin Dudfield.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the young witnesses who came forward to give evidence here and stood up for justice and stood up for Emily.

“I would like to thank the wonderful Longley family for their support and patience. I would also like to thank them for their dignity.”

Simon Jones, crown advocate for the CPS, added: “This was a shocking case of domestic violence which resulted in the death of a 17-year-old teenager.

“It was Elliot's jealousy and anger that led him to kill Emily. This wasn't a simply a moment of madness.”

He said: “There has been evidence that, before her death, he said that he would kill Emily, go to prison for it and still come out a millionaire.

“Well today he has been convicted of murder.”

See all our coverage of the trial.

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