Emily Longley's convicted killer to appeal

Last updated 21:14 29/06/2012
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EMILY LONGLEY: Found dead at the home of her on-off boyfriend Elliot Turner in Bournemouth.

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Elliot Turner is seeking to appeal his conviction for killing his Kiwi girlfriend Emily Longley, 17, in a jealous rage.

After a five-week trial, Turner, 21, was last month convicted of strangling aspiring model Longley in his bed at his parents' Bournemouth home in 2011 and and jailed for a minimum of 16 years.

The Bournemouth Echo today reported Turner's legal team has lodged an application to overturn his conviction and sentence.

A High Court judge would decide whether to grant Turner leave to appeal.

During Turner's sentencing, Justice Linda Dobbs told him: "Your arrogance during your relationship with Emily Longley, during your time on remand and even throughout this trial has been breathtaking. Your lack of remorse is chilling."

Turner had earlier boasted about a lifestyle of "Bentleys, champagne and birds" but Justice Dobbs said: "You can put away your thoughts of champagne, Bentleys and girls and think about why you are serving a life sentence."

Turner's defence was that he had grabbed Ms Longley around the throat, but it was in self defence and she was alive after he had done so. He said he found her dead in the morning.

Turner's parents, Leigh, 53, and Anita Turner, 51, were also found guilty of perverting the course of justice, for destroying their son's confession letter and removing vital evidence from their home.

Turner was well known in the local bar and club scene in the Bournemouth and Poole areas and was part of a gang of rich young men called The Firm,The Mirror and other news agencies reported.

Longley was born in the UK but moved to New Zealand with her parents at an early age. She had travelled back to Bournemouth Dorset, to live with her grandparents while she continued her study there.

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- Fairfax Media

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