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'Impossible to say how Emily Longley died'

07:00 Thu May 3 2012

A pathologist has told the jury in the UK trial of the man accused of murdering aspiring New Zealand model Emily Longley he has been unable to determine the cause of the teenager's death.

Huw White, who carried out the post-mortem examination on Emily's body, told the jury in Winchester Crown Court on Tuesday that it was possible she was strangled, but he could not be sure because he found no external or internal injuries on the 17-year-old's body.

White told the court there were no obvious injuries to Emily's neck, and that the most likely possibility would be to use a bended arm with the neck in the fold of the arm, the Bournemouth Echo reported.

He said the cause of death was unable to be ascertained.

Medical expert John Payne-James said it was possible to exert severe pressure to the neck without leaving any marks.

Payne-James examined photos of the accused, Elliot Turner, which showed bruising and small cuts on his right arm, left abdomen and left upper arm.

He described them as "blunt contact" injuries but said he couldn't say what caused them, the paper said.

Turner, 20, is accused of murdering Emily on May 7 last year at the family home in Queenswood Avenue in Queens Park, Bournemouth.

He is also accused, together with his parents Leigh Turner, 54, and Anita Turner, 51, of perverting the course of justice. All three deny the charges.