Jealous boyfriend gave friend a hammer and asked him to kill Kiwi teen, court told
Murder-accused Elliot Turner allegedly gave a friend a hammer and asked him to kill New Zealander Emily Longley, a British court has been told.
The trial into the killing of 17-year-old Longley is in its second day, with her partner, Turner, 20, accused of her murder and his parents, Leigh and Anita Turner, charged with perverting the course justice in allegedly helping him cover it up.
The friend, Tom Crowe, 18, told the court in the hours before her death, Turner had taken Longley's phone off her and was reading her texts, swearing repeatedly, the BBC reported.
According to Crowe, in the moments before Longley and Turner went into Turner's home on the night Longley died, Elliot allegedly gave him a hammer and asked him to commit murder.
Crowe told the court he refused, and before he went home, he saw the couple fight outside Turner's family house.
Crowe said Longley told Turner, "I hate you", and tried to lock him out of his home before he got inside and shut the door.
He said he was "shocked and scared" at what had just happened.
"I felt confused, I felt relieved to get away. I felt scared for Emily - I didn't know what to do," Crowe said.
Drowning Longley in a bath, dousing her with petrol and setting her on fire or forcing a drug overdose were just some of the things Turner allegedly discussed before her death by strangulation, the court has heard.
Crowe told the Winchester Crown Court that in the days before her death, Turner was "wound up" by Emily talking to other men, the Bournemouth Echo reported.
Overnight Crowe told the court Elliot had said: "Oh yeah, she's pushed me this time. How should I do it Tom, how should I kill Emily?"
Crowe told the jury Elliot suggested a number of ideas of how he could kill Emily including drowning her in the bath, setting her on fire with petrol, a drug overdose, her choking on her own vomit and strangling her.
Emily was found strangled in Turner's bed at the family home in Queenswood Avenue in Queens Park, Bournemouth on May 7 last year.
On Monday (local time), the court heard prosecutor Tim Mousley, QC, paint a picture of Elliot as a "jealous lover" who allegedly strangled Emily in his bed.
Turner had told police he and Longley had argued the night before and she had attacked him, and that when he woke up beside her she was dead.
When police came to arrest him, his bags were packed and his passport was in his pocket, the court heard.
The court also heard that in the weeks after the alleged murder, police bugging tapes which had been placed through the Turners' Bournemouth house had allegedly recorded his parents saying they had destroyed a letter that Elliot Turner had written.
In evidence read out to the court, Turner's father Leigh Turner was alleged to have said: "Elliot f---ing strangled her."
The trial continues.
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