8:30am Friday 11th May 2012
THE JURY in the trial of man accused of murdering his girlfriend Emily Longley have been shown photos as she posed with semi-naked waiters.
These photos, which were posted on the internet, were a cause of embarrassment and anger to the defendant Elliot Turner, the prosecution alleges.
Turner saw the photographs – taken to help the aspiring model’s fledgling career – in the weeks before her death, while Emily, who studied at Brockenhurst College, was with family in New Zealand.
Asked if those images of his 17-yearold girlfriend had angered him, Turner said: “Yes, I was upset by the shots”.
Earlier in yesterday’s proceedings at Winchester Crown Court, Timothy Mousley QC, prosecuting, asked: “What words of sadness have you ever expressed of Emily’s death?”
Turner, 20, replied: “Obviously, I am very sad, but I cannot break down here.
I have to answer your questions.”
The defendant also admitted, under cross examination, that Emily did not always believe he was joking when he repeatedly threatened to kill her.
Mr Mousley, who painted a picture of an aggressive, possessive, jealous and obsessive boyfriend, said: “Did she think you were serious when you told her so many times that you wanted to kill her?”
Turner, who remained calm throughout his cross-examination, said: “Maybe she didn’t know I was joking.”
Earlier the court heard how Turner had threatened to kill Emily 15 times, the last occasion being just one day before she was found dead in his bed.
However, the defendant maintains he never meant any threat to kill to be taken seriously.
The jury was also played excerpts from a covert police tape of a conversation between Turner and his mother more than two weeks after Emily died.
In this recording the defendant told his mother: “When I say my mind is going nuts, it is. When I say I am going crazy, I am.”
The prosecution alleges Turner strangled Emily in his bedroom in his family home in Queenswood Avenue, Bournemouth, on May 7 last year.
While Emily visited her parents in New Zealand, during April, he sent a string of texts to friends asking them to threaten her, the court heard.
He also threatened to “spark her out”
in one of these messages, it was alleged.
One text to a friend read: “I need you to scare her (Emily) and tell her the rules when she’s back,” the hearing was told.
Turner, who denies murder, was asked why he waited one hour after he realised something was wrong with Emily before the emergency services were called.
Turner said he did not realise she was dead as he was “no paramedic”.
He is also accused, with his parents Leigh Turner, 54, and Anita Turner, 51, of perverting the course of justice.
All three deny the charges.
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