Prosecution tight-lipped in Emily Longley murder case
ROBERT WAINWRIGHT IN WINCHESTER
An English jewellery store worker will face a preliminary hearing for the murder of New Zealand student and aspiring model Emily Longley later this year.
Elliot Vincent Turner, 20, from the seaside city of Bournemouth was not required to plead during a directions hearing in the Winchester Crown Court, south of London tonight (NZ time). He will appear again on September 30 to enter a plea.
Turner is charged with murdering Ms Longley on the night of May 6-7 as well as intent to pervert the course of justice by failing to call emergency services, destroying evidence and attempting to persuade his mother, Anita Turner, to change her version of events.
Crown prosecutors remained tight-lipped, offering no evidence or even a summary of the case against the young man in whose bed Ms Longley was discovered on May 7.
Prosecutor Sadie Rizzo would not comment as she left the courtroom after the short hearing before senior Crown Court Judge Cutler. Neither would investigating officer Neal Devoto.
Turner's parents, Leigh, 53, and Anita Turner, 50, of Queenswood Avenue, Bournemouth, have also been charged with perverting the course of justice. They appeared alongside their son and will also plead on September 30.
Turner, dressed in grey jacket and white shirt spoke only to confirm his personal details during the hearing. He stared straight ahead, barely acknowledging his parents, who sat beside him in the glass dock. Mrs Turner broke down in tears as her eldest son was taken back to police cells.
Ms Longley had been living with her paternal grandparents in the town of Southbourne outside Bournemouth since last October. She studied at nearby Brockenhurst College and worked part-time at Top Shop fashion outlet in the centre of Bournemouth, a seaside resort town south of London.
The cause of Ms Longley's death has remained a mystery and her body remains at the Bournemouth morgue. Drugs were initially suspected to be behind the aspiring model's death but toxicology results are said to have ruled that out.
Turner has denied responsibility: "It is weird. God works in mysterious ways, " he said before his arrest. "The toxicology report was negative, I did not give her any drugs and the post-mortem was inconclusive."
- Sydney Morning Herald