THE self-professed playboy convicted of killing Emily Longley has lost his bid for freedom.

Three of the country's most senior judges took less than five minutes to throw out Elliot Turner's application to have his murder conviction and sentence overturned.

Emily's parents Mark and Caroline, who made the long journey from New Zealand to hear the appeal hearing in London, said they were relieved and could now continue with their lives.

Caroline said: "I am absolutely delighted. It's what he deserves.

"I wanted Turner to look me in the eye and see something of Emily in me. I wanted to remind him that she lives on through us."

Mark added: "It was two years ago since we last saw Emily and Turner has managed to have a hold on our lives ever since.

"Now we can move on.

"We wanted to come here today to show Turner that we still very much love and support Emily and her memory lives on."

Turner's lawyer Anthony Donne QC argued that the police covert listening surveillance operation was flawed and unlawful because they had listened into Turner talking about legally privileged conversations he'd had with his solicitor.

Timothy Mousley QC, representing the Crown, said the conversations recorded were not privileged because they were between him and a third party.

He added there had been no misconduct by officers carrying out the surveillance.

The Lord Chief Justice, The Lord Judge, together with Mr Justice Royce and Mr Justice Globe, dismissed his application.

A written judgement will be issued at a later date.

Turner, 21, was found guilty last year of killing girlfriend Emily. He strangled her in his bedroom at the family home in Queens Park, Bournemouth, in May 2011 following months of jealousy, anger and suspicion that she was seeing other men.

He was handed a life sentence and told he would have to serve a minimum of 16
years before he would be considered for parole.

Shaven headed Turner shrugged his shoulders as he left the court to return to
his prison cell.