Court hears secret recordings in Longley case

Last updated 08:01 05/05/2012

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Murder-accused Elliot Turner and his parents were secretly recorded planning what to tell police about the events surrounding Emily Longley's death, a British Court has heard.

Police bugged Turner's family home after 17-year-old Longley was found dead in his bed last May 7. The secret recordings were played at the Winchester Crown Court overnight, the Bournemouth Echo reported.

In the recordings, Turner told his mother police had records of her calling her husband 40 minutes before an ambulance "and that looks guilty".

''But to get out of that would be completely believable,'' he said.

''What we'll do, like, we'll write this down for y'know what you're gonna say.''

Turner is accused of strangling Longley at his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, and his parents, Leigh and Anita Turner, are charged with perverting the course of justice.

The court heard how Turner's parents allegedly tampered with evidence. Turner is heard talking about the destruction of a letter he wrote, saying ''dad was all in control of letters''.

The accussed's father Leigh Turner could be heard whispering the contents of the note in the recording, which he admitted in police interview to tearing up but not reading.

He was also heard admitting to creating a diversion for police by dropping tablets in the kitchen while his wife removed a jacket from Turner's room.

During police interviews played in court however, Leigh Turner said he was unaware his wife had taken the jacket, and Anita Turner also denied any involvement.

Photographs from May 7 and May 8 presented in court, show the jacket was moved. In the first photo, Turner's jacket was on an armchair, in the second, it was missing.

The court was also given documents showing that a computer found at Turner's home searched for ''death by strangulation'' and ''self defence''.

A search was also made on a computer for ''how to get out of being charged with murder''.

The trial continues.

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