The son of a wealthy jeweller strangled his model girlfriend in bed during a jealous rage at his parents’ home before they helped him cover up the murder, a court heard yesterday.
Elliot Turner, 20, allegedly ‘flipped out’ and killed student Emily Longley, 17, after becoming suspicious that she had been having affairs during their four-month relationship.
Turner is said to have threatened to kill Miss Longley with a hammer and boasted: ‘I will go to prison for it and still be a millionaire when I come out.’
Winchester Crown Court heard that after the alleged murder on May 7 last year Turner wrote a confession, but it was destroyed with bleach by his 54-year-old father, Leigh.
Jurors were told a police bug of the family home in Bournemouth recorded the family talking about ‘fabricating evidence and lying to police’.
His mother, Anita, 51, and father, Leigh, 57, of Bournemouth, initially told police they had heard Emily talking in their son’s bedroom, even though the prosecution say she was already dead.
Turner said they had argued the night before and she had attacked him, and that when he woke up beside her she was dead.
When arrested he had his passport in his pocket and his bags packed, Winchester Crown Court was told.
In evidence read out to the court, Leigh Turner was alleged to have said: ‘Elliot f****** strangled her.’
The court also heard that Leigh stated: ‘I cannot tell them (the police) about the letter I destroyed by bleach saying he (Elliot Turner) killed her but he didn’t mean it.’
Earlier he had said: ‘We have perverted the course of justice by destroying evidence.’
But Anita Turner was heard to say they had been right to do it.
Elliot Turner was heard to say: ‘I just flipped. I went absolutely nuts… I just lost it. I grabbed her as hard as I could. I pushed her like that.’
Elliot Turner denies murder and perverting the course of justice, while Anita and Leigh Turner, who run a jewellers in the resort, both deny perverting the course of justice.
Tim Mousley QC, prosecuting, told the jury that Turner and Emily had a short volatile relationship which had included Turner being violent towards her in front of friends, and on several occasions saying he would kill her.
The trial still continues in british courts!