PC Andrew Harper’s mum wants tougher sentences for police killers

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The mother of PC Andrew Harper, who was killed on duty last year, has launched a campaign for tougher punishments for those who take a police officer’s life.

Debbie Adlam is calling for a minimum sentence of 20 years behind bars for anyone who kills an officer, with no chance of parole during that time.

It comes after the teenagers responsible for her son’s death were jailed for 16 years and 13 years at the Old Bailey last week.

Henry Long, 19, and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers were sentenced for the 28-year-old’s manslaughter.

PC Harper died as he tried to stop the defendants fleeing after they stole a quad bike in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire, on August 15 last year. He became entangled in a tow rope attached to the thieves’ getaway car and dragged for more than a mile to his death.

The newlywed’s widow, Lissie Harper, has launched her own campaign, for full-life prison terms for those who kill emergency services workers.

It has been backed by the Police Federation of England and Wales and retired police officer Norman Brennan has also voiced his support.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the law and order campaigner said Ms Adlam’s call for 20 years is still too lenient.

“My belief is that if you murder a police officer and are convicted of the murder of a police officer you should serve a whole life tariff or at least a minimum of 30 years.”

He added: “The sad thing is that too many QCs and barristers are pretty good at it – it’s what they’re paid to do - they get them off of murder because the jury often sway to manslaughter.” 

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