A jury has been sworn in at the murder trial into the death of New Zealand teenager Emily Longley in England.

Longley's former boyfriend Elliot Turner, 20, is charged with murdering the 17-year-old, who was found dead at his home in Bournemouth last May 7.

Turner's parents, Leigh, 53, and Anita, 50, are facing charges of intent to pervert the course of justice. All three maintain their innocence.

The 11 men and one woman on the jury have been sent home from Winchester Crown Court under instruction to return for the prosecution case opening on Monday.


England-born Emily, who grew up in Auckland, had been living with her grandparents near Bournemouth since moving to back to the UK in 2010 to finish her studies.

The aspiring model was working at a clothes shop and studying at a nearby college.

In Auckland she attended Hauraki School, Westlake Girls High and Takapuna Grammar.