THE man accused of strangling Emily Longley has admitted grabbing her by the neck during a violent row hours before paramedics discovered her lifeless body in his bed, a court has heard.

Elliot Turner made his admission under cross examination at his Winchester Crown Court murder trial today.

But he insisted the 17-year-old aspiring model was not dead, and she later pulled the bed covers over her to go to sleep Elliot Turner is accused of murdering Emily Longley on May 7 last year.

He is also accused together with his parents Leigh Turner, 54, and Anita Turner, 51, of perverting the course of justice.

All three deny the charges.

The trial continues.