PC Andrew Harper: Killers sentenced to 42 years in jail for manslaughter of police officer | UK | News


Henry Long, 19, the driver, and his passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, were found guilty of manslaughter, but were cleared of murder earlier this month.  At the Old Bailey today Long was sentenced to 16 years in jail. Cole and Bowers were both sentenced to 13 years in jail.

All defendants appeared shocked when the judge announced their punishments.

In August last year, the trio were stealing a quad bike when approached by 28-year-old officer Andrew Harper, who chased the group’s car.

After getting caught in a tow rope, he was dragged for 1.4 miles down a country lane.

His fatally injured body became detached from the vehicle and was left in the road.

The incident occured in Berkshire.

The judge, Mr Justice Edis, said on Friday his role was to impose a sentence against the teenagers responsible for PC Harper’s death which reflected “the seriousness of this case and protects the public”.

When passing sentence, the judge said the driver was “dangerous”.

He described the killers as “young, unintelligent but professional criminals”, and said none of them had “shown anything resembling remorse”.

Justice Edis said: “You killed a talented and brave young police officer who was going above and beyond his duty in order to provide a public service.

“You did so because you have deliberately decided to expose any police officer that got in your way to a risk of death.”

Speaking outside the court after sentencing, Detective Superintendent Stuart Blaik said: “Today we have seen justice for Andrew Harper and his family.

“These men represented self-interest, greed and utter recklessness.

“These are three people who I do not believe have ever shown an ounce of genuine remorse or contrition for their actions, and who did their best to frustrate the police investigation.”

He also addressed the controversy which has accompanied the verdicts of not-guilty in relation to the murder counts.

He said: “I am aware there has been much discussion amongst the media and the public about those verdicts, but today I welcome the judge’s sentencing remarks.

“These were fully reflective of the seriousness of this offence and their culpability.”

He added: “We will always remember PC Andrew Harper and we will never forget the ultimate sacrifice he made when protecting the public from these selfish and reckless criminals.”





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