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By Laura Payne 23/05 Updated: 23/05 15:42
HE STRANGLED his girlfriend in a jealous rage - and now 'remorseless, chilling, breathtakingly arrogant' killer Elliot Turner is facing up to a life behind bars.
Winchester Crown Court heard how the former Solihull School pupil - described by his own lawyer as ‘brash, flash, boastful and spoilt’ had killed his 17-year-old model girlfriend Emily Longley in a fit of jealousy at his family's home in Bournemouth last May.
He choked her from behind and pushed her head down into a pillow in his bedroom after seeing pictures of Emily posing with two semi-naked men for a modelling assignment.
Turner, who boasted of his playboy lifestyle with his family's money, had denied murder - but was found guilty and given a life sentence with a minimum of 16 years and told by the judge to forget about champagne, Bentleys and girls.
The 20-year-old admitted perverting the course of justice for which he was given a nine-month sentence.
Sentencing him judge Mrs Justice Dobbs told Turner: "Emily was a lovely, kind, fun-loving girl who brought a ray of sunshine to those she touched.
"That light has been extinguished suddenly and needlessly by you.
"The relationship, if it can be called that, was all about you. It was about control. Control you carried out using aggression and threats.
"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 has been chilling."
She added that in her judgement it was apparent Turner had been thinking of killing Emily and it was only a matter of time before it happened.
"It's clear she wanted to be free from you and you would not let that happen – if you could not have her, no-one else would do."
Turner's parents Leigh and Anita Turner, aged 53 and 50, were also found guilty of intent to pervert the course of justice and will be sentenced at a later date.
The court heard how they had removed a jacket and a letter in which their son confessed to the killing while Turner's mum delayed calling an ambulance after finding Emily's body in a bed in their house.
Following the sentencing Detective Inspector Neil Devoto, of Bournemouth CID, said: "Emily was a very well loved, beautiful, sweet 17-year-old girl who unfortunately got into a short term relationship with Elliot Turner, an egotistical, cash-rich thug.
"I think the investigation uncovered his true character and I feel that the sentence is a just reward for the type of individual that he is."
He also thanked the young witnesses who came forward.
"We obtained a wealth of evidential material from those witnesses that really painted a picture of the controlling and manipulative nature of Elliot Turner and the days leading up to Emily’s death.
"But in particular, I would like to pay tribute to the parents of Emily, Mark and Caroline Longley, and their family for the support that they have given us throughout the investigation and above all for their dignity."
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