Longley murder: Turner granted leave to appeal

Last updated 07:44 05/12/2012
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EMILY LONGLEY: Found dead at the home of her on-off boyfriend Elliot Turner in Bournemouth.

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The father of murdered New Zealander Emily Longley is disappointed her killer is appealling his conviction but is taking solace that he and his family will spend Christmas behind bars.

Elliot Turner, 21,  won the right to appeal his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Longley, a 17-year-old aspiring model and business student.

Turner was in May convicted of strangling Longley in his bed at his parents' Bournemouth home in 2011, and was jailed for a minimum of 16 years.

Turner's parents, Leigh, 53, and Anita Turner, 51, were also found guilty of perverting the course of justice, and were each sentenced to 27 months' imprisonment.

Today, Emily's father Mark Longley said it was disappointing "but not really surprising".

"It's the legal system so we were expecting it."

He said hearing the news at this time of the year was especially hard.

"It's Christmas, and it's going to be tough enough anyway, but at least all three of them will still be in prison over Christmas," he said.

The Bournemouth Echo reported that Turner has been granted leave to appeal.

Turner's legal team will now attempt to have his conviction and sentence overturned before three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

A date for his appeal had yet to be confirmed.

In sentencing, Justice Linda Dobbs had told Turner - who claimed he grabbed Longley around the throat in self defence - that his lack of remorse was "chilling".

"You have deprived a tight knit family of a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a niece and cousin.

"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," she said

Longley's parents sat through every day of the five-week trial in London. After Turner's sentencing, her parents said they could finally mourn the loss of their "butterfly".

Longley was born in the UK but moved to New Zealand with her parents at an early age. She had travelled back to Bournemouth in Dorset to continue her study.

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