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'Evil' boyfriend guilty of murder
A violent boyfriend who strangled his aspiring-model girlfriend in a jealous rage has been described as "evil" by the dead teenager's grieving family.
Wealthy jeweller's son Elliot Turner, 20, was found guilty by a jury of murdering 17-year-old Emily Longley in his bed after going "absolutely nuts" in a culmination of a month of anger and upset over his suspicions she was "twisting his heart" by seeing other men.
His parents Leigh, 54, and Anita, 51, also face jail terms after being found guilty of helping to cover up the crime by destroying a confession letter from their son and taking away vital evidence after the killing at their home in Bournemouth, Dorset, in May last year.
They were convicted of perverting the course of justice by the same jury at Winchester Crown Court after the five-week trial.
Speaking outside court Emily's father Mark Longley said he hoped Turner would suffer every day in prison for the killing of Emily, who came over from New Zealand to study at college just eight months before her murder.
Flanked by his former wife Carol and their daughter Hannah, Mr Longley, who was close to tears, said: "What we have heard over these five weeks has shocked us and disgusted us. That a man so evil like Turner could treat a gentle loving girl like Emily in that way, that he could treat her so violently, is beyond belief.
"Turner has caused deep, deep sorrow in two countries on opposite sides of the world.
"Emily's family has lost their daughter and we have a deep hole where she once was. Facing a future without our bright young girl is a daunting thing. I personally hope Turner suffers every day in prison for what he has done.
"We last saw Emily when she stayed with us during the Easter holidays of 2011. We had such a happy time and our last memories of Emily are of a beautiful, bright and driven young woman - quite simply, the world was a better place with her in it."
Leigh and Anita Turner were bailed for sentence at a date to be fixed but told by the judge, Mrs Justice Dobbs, they were likely to face jail. Elliot Turner will be told the minimum term he will serve of his life sentence on Tuesday.