Rough Justice

January 22nd, 2013 at 7:44 am by David Farrar

Paul Harper at NZ Herald reports:

The man who murdered New Zealander Emily Longley has reportedly been beaten up in jail and had his cell torched, after he pinned up photos of his victim in his cell and bragged about receiving fan mail.

Good to see even prisoners have a sense of decency.

Elliot Turner, 20, was sentenced to life in prison with a 16-year non-parole period for strangling Emily Longley, 17, in Bournemouth, England, in 2011.

Doesn’t sound like he is very remorseful. I hope the UK Parole Board keep this in mind one day.

According to the Daily Star, Turner had plastered photos of Emily on the walls of his cell at HMP Swaleside in Kent. He also reportedly spoke about the day he would be released and return to his life of “champagne, Bentleys and birds”

If I recall his parents spoilt him rotten and even helped cover up his killing. I suspect they are the ones promising him how good life will be once he is out.

A source told the paper that Turner, the son of a millionaire jeweller, had bragged to fellow inmates about fan mail he had received from women before Christmas. It was after this he was attacked by some of the inmates.

The source accused Turner of reporting the attack to staff at the category B prison, which was followed with Turner’s cell being torched.

“Turner is a gobby little prick who has had it coming for some time,” the prison source told the paper.

A gobbly little prick. What a concise character description.

The Turners

July 7th, 2012 at 9:09 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

AS the parents of murderer Elliot Turner were jailed today for covering up the murder of Emily Longley, in New Zealand the Longley family were left craving any sign of remorse.

Leigh Turner, 54, and Anita Turner, 51, were jailed for 27 months when they appeared for sentencing tonight (NZT) in Winchester Crown Court, after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

They were told they would have to serve at least half that sentence, after helping cover up their son’s crime.

Turner, now 21, was in May jailed for at least 16 years for killing Emily, 17, at his parents’ Bournemouth home in May 2011.

Emily’s father Mark Longley told Fairfax Media he was pleased justice had been done, but the lack of remorse hurt.

“I hope tonight they’re reflecting on what they did,” he said.

“There’s been no remorse. We’re pleased justice has been fully served.”

It is good they have been sentenced for their part in covering up Emily’s murder. The fact they were willing to do so, makes me wonder how responsible they are) in a non legal sense) for the narcissistic behaviour of their son Elliot.

Parents should love their children unconditionally, but that doesn’t mean they should tolerate bad behaviour. The fact his parents were willing to help cover up his killing, suggests they failed to instill in him a code of right and wrong.


Turner guilty

May 22nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Emily Longley’s father hopes Elliot Turner, the “evil” man found guilty of murdering the New Zealand teen, will suffer every day in prison.

Overnight, a British jury returned their verdict – the obsessed 20-year-old strangled Emily, 17, in his bedroom at the family home in Queenswood Avenue, Bournemouth, on May 7 last year.

Turner mouthed the word “f***” after the jury foreman gave the verdict following nine hours of deliberations, British paper the Mirror News reported. He will tomorrow learn the minimum length of his life sentence.

May he never be released. Turner reminded me strongly of Clayton Weatherston – a strongly narcissistic individual who saw women as possessions.

Turner’s parents, Leigh, 54, and Anita Turner, 51, were also found guilty of perverting the course of justice after trying to cover up the crime, the Bournemouth Echo reported.

Turner and his parents denied the allegations in a four-week long trial, although Turner had already pleaded guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice.

His parents were bailed for sentence at a date to be fixed but were told they were likely to face jail. The pair were convicted by a majority of 10 to 2 of perverting.

While parents are not responsible for the sins of their children, in this case I think they do bear some responsibility (beyond covering it up). The fact they covered up the crime suggests they lacked any moral compass, and failed to impart it to their son.

Friends said the pair had a volatile relationship, with Turner telling his girlfriend he was going to kill her on multiple occasions. Turner admitted to saying that 10 to 15 times, but told the court he didn’t mean it “literally”.

If your partner threatens to kill you even once – then time to bail out.