PC Andrew Harper: Teenage killers jailed for manslaughter

Henry Long, 19 (left), Jessie Cole, 18 (centre), Albert Bowers, 18 (right)

Friday, July 31, 2020

Getaway driver Henry Long, 19, has been sentenced to 16 years in jail for the manslaughter of PC Andrew Harper, who was killed on duty in Berkshire last summer.

Passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, were also convicted of manslaughter last week and were today each handed 13-years behind bars.

The Thames Valley Police officer died when he became entangled in a tow rope while attempting to apprehend the defendants for a reported theft on August 15 2019.

He was dragged behind the car, driven by Long, for more than a mile along country lanes.

Sentencing judge Mr Justice Edis said today that he “rejected” the idea that the teenagers had shown remorse over the 28-year-old’s death.

PC Harper and his wife Lissie had been married for just four weeks before he was killed

He told the court: “Manslaughter cases range greatly in seriousness. Sometimes death may be caused by an act of gross carelessness, sometimes it is very close to a case of murder in its seriousness. That is so, here.”

The judge described the killers as “young, unintelligent but professional criminals”.

PC Harper’s widow Lissie Harper, who married her childhood sweetheart just four weeks before his death, made a tearful victim impact statement at the Old Bailey this morning.

She said: “I have used every word possible to describe this torture – indescribable trauma I have been forced to endure these past 11 months. I have cried and broken down.”

 “Should I speak again of how we were robbed of our future or the plans stolen from us?

 “My life often feels bleak, hopeless, irreparable.”

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