Alanah Eriksen is the New Zealand Herald's deputy chief of staff

What Emily's killer told the NZ Herald

When interviewed about his lover's death, the immaculately dressed Elliot Turner was mostly focused on himself, the horror of Emily Longley's death barely rating a mention. Photo / Alanah Eriksen
When interviewed about his lover's death, the immaculately dressed Elliot Turner was mostly focused on himself, the horror of Emily Longley's death barely rating a mention. Photo / Alanah Eriksen

Elliot Turner was brimming with bravado in the days before he was charged with Emily Longley's murder

The same smarmy confidence Elliot Turner displayed throughout his four-week trial for murder was what he exhibited just after his girlfriend's sudden death.

Not shedding a single tear, the 20-year-old tried to use his six-hour interview with the Weekend Herald as a platform to promote himself rather than pay tribute to Emily Longley, who died in his bed in May last year.

A jury at Winchester Crown Court in England overnight (NZT) found him guilty of murder.

I met Turner in the days before he was charged last July. Instead of speaking at his home in Bourne-mouth or a quiet cafe, he insisted on the spot he'd spent his last night with the 17-year-old drinking cocktails.

The ritzy - and very public - Cafe Shore in Poole, about 14km from the house he shared with his parents, is where Londoners escape to their beachfront holiday homes.

It was also a popular hangout for Turner and his large band of intimidating friends - who later turned up to yell obscenities as the interview progressed.

Lobster and chips costs £40 ($83) and Dom Perignon graces the menu. Turner ordered two cocktails, insisted on paying and called the bar staff by their first names, as if to show how long was his list of supporters.

For a young man who'd recently spent a night in jail, had his house searched and possessions seized, and was awaiting a possible murder charge, Turner didn't appear worried, turning on the charm with a kiss as if meeting an old friend. He arrived in a new black Mini Cooper, immaculate in a pink shirt, unbuttoned to reveal his shaved chest, white shorts, boat shoes and sunglasses, his black hair was slicked back with gel.

The conversation soon turned to his lifestyle: how many women he had slept with (reality stars, models and beauty queens who he "shouldn't name"); his former cocaine habit during which his grand-parents outlaid £300,000 on rehab facility The Priory where Kate Moss stayed; his hard-partying which saw him drop hundreds of pounds on VIP booths and premium vodka.

While his mother Anita claimed on an earlier visit to their home that he couldn't leave the house because he was too distraught, Turner spoke of clubbing with his mates.

On one occasion, he was kicked out of a venue for pulling his pants down and exposing his genitals to show off a tattoo of his initials - EVT.

It became difficult to steer the interview back to Emily as Turner's claims became more unrealistic. He appeared to have a lot of time on his hands, boasting of holidays around the country and abroad.

Turner said he hadn't gone to university after high school but was heavily involved in his family's local jewellery business - although he was unable to explain exactly what his role with the company was.

Throughout the interview his phone went off continually and he didn't hesitate to answer it. He also received a call on the bar's landline before two friends stormed inside.

He later acted as though they must have driven around in search of him but it seemed likely he'd texted and told them where he was, wanting to be seen being fussed over.

Turner had explained the group called themselves The Firm - a name given to infamous East End criminal twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray and their gang during the 1950s and '60s.

Turner's friends said his father was "freaking out" about what he might say to the media and started swearing and trying to get him out of the bar, but he wasn't budging. He eventually suggested going back to my hotel to avoid further interruptions.

There, he smoked several cigarettes and kept fishing for compliments before asking: "Now that you've met me, what do you think of me?"

He opened up a little more about Emily, saying she had told him she had fallen pregnant with his baby and that he was planning to propose to her with a £6500 pink sapphire ring.

But soon after the interview, Emily's father rubbished the claims, saying his daughter didn't even consider him to be a proper boyfriend.

Turner had also claimed he'd seen Emily take ecstasy on the week of her death - but police-ordered drug tests came back negative.

Turner was less than complimentary about his lover at times, revealing he slept with her on the night they met then not called her for weeks.

He said he was upfront with her when she asked about his past - that he'd slept with strippers, had three-somes and wasn't the type to take a girl out for a meal. But he insisted Emily was slowly changing him.

The interview ended with a photo session, Turner trying poses on a chair and standing up before getting the shots and choosing the best one.

His confidence seemed un-shakeable, despite the horror of Emily's death and the growing suspicion he had killed her.

As he awaits his fate in custody, one wonders if the bravado of that day remains intact.

- NZ Herald

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