5 Dec 2012

Emily Longley's father 'not surprised' at appeal bid

10:15 am on 5 December 2012

The father of New Zealand teenager Emily Longely says he had expected an appeal bid by the British man convicted of her murder.

Elliot Turner has been granted leave to appeal against his conviction and life sentence.

He was convicted of Miss Longley's murder at Winchester Crown Court in May and jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 16 years.

The trial heard he strangled the 17-year-old during a jealous rage at his family's house in Bournemouth, England.

Emily's father Mark Longley says appeal bid is not unexpected, though still a blow.

"It's not a surprise. He's going to keep trying to squirm his way out of it for as long as he possibly can.

"And then in 16 years time we're going to be going through the parole hearing - so it's a kind of never-ending process."

The Court of Appeal confirmed the appeal will be heard, but a date has yet to be fixed, the BBC reports.

Neither the court nor Crown Prosecution Service would say what the grounds of the appeal are.

Turner's parents, Leigh and Anita Turner, were convicted of trying to cover up the crime by destroying a confession letter and were jailed for 27 months for perverting the course of justice.