Guilty plea in Emily Longley murder case
Guilty plea in Emily Longley murder case

The family of aspiring model Emily Longley say the sentencing of her killer's parents in England ended a dreadful year.

Elliot Turner, 20, is spending 16 years in jail for murdering the 17-year-old New Zealander last year after going "absolutely nuts" in a jealous rage.

His parents Leigh, 54, and Anita, 51, were jailed for 27 months on Friday in Winchester Crown Court after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice for trying to cover up the killing.

Speaking outside court, Emily's grandfather Ron Longley said: "Today brings a sort of conclusion to a dreadful year.

"Mr and Mrs Turner are very fortunate in how much compassion the judge showed in the mitigating factors and in reducing their sentence.

"We are satisfied with the sentence, we feel it was balanced and just".

When asked if he believed his family had received justice, he said: "In law certainly. Morally, in terms of life, we can't feel that anything has been made fair."

Emily's father Mark Longley, who is in New Zealand, told Fairfax he was pleased that justice had been done but said the Turners showed a lack of remorse.

At the sentencing Justice Dobbs said of Leigh Turner: "You have expressed remorse for Emily's death but for your own actions you have shown precious little."

Turner's parents helped 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.

Their son was also sentenced to nine months, to run concurrently, for perverting the course of justice.

Justice Dobbs said the act of destroying a confession letter was a very serious offence.

"People speak highly of you both and it's a tragedy that you, who are both respectable people, have lost that by acting out of misplaced loyalty."

Emily had gone to the UK from New Zealand to study at college just eight months before her murder. She lived with her grandparents in Bournemouth.

NZ Newswire

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