7 Jul 2012

Parents jailed for helping cover up Longley murder

11:53 am on 7 July 2012

The parents of the man who murdered a New Zealand teenager in Britain have each been jailed for 27 months for helping to cover up the crime.

Elliot Turner, 20, was found guilty by a jury at Winchester Crown Court in May this year of murdering Emily Longley after going into a jealous rage.

The 17-year-old was found dead in a bed at Leigh and Anita Turner's house in Bournemouth, Dorset, on 7 May 2011. She had been strangled.

Leigh Turner, a 54-year-old wealthy jeweller and Anita Turner, 51, were sentenced at the same court on Friday after earlier being found guilty of perverting the course of justice, PA reports.

The couple helped to cover up the crime by destroying a confession letter from their son and taking away vital evidence after the killing.

In May, Elliot Turner was sentenced to a mandatory life imprisonment for killing Emily Longley and will serve at least 16 years in jail.

It has been reported that he intends to appeal against his conviction and sentence.

He was also jailed for nine months on a charge of perverting the course of justice. The sentences are to be served concurrently.