PC Andrew Harper's three teenage killers were sentenced to 42 years in prison for manslaughter after the hero's widow burst into tears while reading her heartbreaking statement about the effects of the victim at Old Bailey
Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18 years old, were each sentenced to 13 years in prison, while refugee Henry Long (19) was sentenced to 16 years in prison for 16 years after a 25 percent discount because of his guilty plea.
The judge, Justice Edis, said: “The cases of manslaughter are very serious. Sometimes death can be caused by gross negligence, sometimes its severity is very close to a murder. This is the case here. & # 39;
He described the killers as "young, unintelligent but professional criminals".
It came when Lissie Harper, 28, told the court, “My husband was brutally killed four weeks after our wedding anniversary. Should I talk again about how we were robbed of our future or what plans were stolen from us?
“I only had four weeks with my husband – four weeks to be called his wife. My life often feels bleak, hopeless and irreparable. Every aspect of my life since Andrew's admission is bitterly different. & # 39;
Ms. Harper had previously made the "extremely shocking and appalling" decision of the jury to release her husband's murderers because of his death on August 15 last year.
She was brought to justice today by his mother Deborah Adlam and her husband Phil. In her own statement of impact, read by a lawyer, Ms. Adlam told the court: "He will never be called" Papa "or hold his own child – we imagined that this would not be too far away in the future."
28-year-old PC Harper had tried to prevent the three thieves from stealing a quad in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, but his ankles were thrown out of their car by a trailing load belt when the teenagers tried to escape.
It was towed helplessly over a mile behind the Seat Toledo when it reached speeds of 60 mph.
19-year-old Henry Long and 18-year-old Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers responded to news that they had been murdered last Friday, with hugs and pats on the back. Longs' defense lawyer denied today that the defendants had "behaved badly" during the trial and insisted that their client had shown "real remorse".
Earlier today, Justice Edis took the unusual step of addressing the "controversy" over the jury's decision to not convict three teenagers of murder for fear of "undue pressure".
The judge said that "to the best of my knowledge" the claims contained "no truth". This happened after Ms. Harper asked the government to order an unlikely retrial, hoping to get a “suspected interference” murder sentence.
PC Harper died after trying to prevent the three thieves from stealing a quad in Sulhamstead, Berkshire. Lissie, his widow, is pictured in court last Friday. They can also be seen (left) celebrating their wedding at Ardington House in Oxfordshire in summer 2019
PC Harper's mother Deborah Adlam arrives at Old Bailey today. She was accompanied by her husband Phil
Ms. Harper arrived at Old Bailey by car this morning and later made an emotional statement about the victim's effects: "Four weeks was all I had with my husband."
Police wanted photos of (left to right) driver Henry Long (19) and his passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers (both 18)
Ms. Adlam said she was "deeply and bitterly disgusted by the result" that PC Harper "failed"
At the beginning of his sentence, Justice Edis said his job was to sentence the teenagers responsible for the death of PC Andrew Harper, who "reflects the severity of the case and protects the public".
He said, “Nothing I could or could have done if there had been a murder conviction can Andrew Harper restore to his loving wife and family or the public he has served so well.
"His devastating loss in these terrible circumstances will follow his family forever."
The judge said none of the defendants had "real education" and was "taken out of school too young." He added, "I disagree with the claim that one of you has shown remorse."
Judge Edis said the victim's personal statements he heard were "deeply moving".
The court also heard a second statement on the effects of the victim from PC Harper's mother Deborah Adlam.
"Four weeks was all I had": widows heartbreaking victim impact statement to Old Bailey
This is my third attempt to write a statement about the victim's effects. After many words of fear, writings of love and testimonies of heartbreak, I am sitting in this task with an emptiness that I admit without pretext that I find myself lost and easy to describe the effects of Andrew's death on me World of deafest despair.
Perhaps the reason why I am particularly defeated by this question is because you have been in my shoes until then, unless you have had the greatest misfortune, a husband or wife, a soul mate, a true love or a beloved partner lose you intended to be there until your day of death. How can you describe this grief and loss?
I have used every word in my vocabulary to describe the pain, torture, and hopelessness that I feel. I have written poems and letters and messages of love and devastation about the indescribable trauma that I have had to endure in the past 11 months.
I screamed and cried and collapsed in a broken defeat, and yet when I am asked to explain my affected life at that moment, the hollowness of loss really does appear.
My husband was brutally killed four weeks after our wedding day … what impact did this have on my life? Do I have to repeat the devastating details and the cruelty in which this happened? Should I speak again about how we were robbed of our future? From the plans that were stolen from us? Should I describe my agony about the children who will never arise? Or, like so many people, are these heartbreaking details so engraving in your mind that they'll stay in mine forever?
Four weeks was all it took to call him my husband, four weeks to be called his wife. My life often feels bleak, hopeless and irreparable. My dreary nights bring no rest, no time to recover from this complete turmoil.
Every aspect of my life since Andrew's admission is bitterly different. Every moment of my life before Andrew was taken was shaped by his love and presence. A fact that I can only really understand on my own.
These men not only took my true, beautiful love from me, but also stole a brother, a son, an uncle and a friend from all who love him, but also our future. You took more than one life that day.
They stole the person I used to be, the happiness we shared, and the beautiful plans we made together. That night, when I opened the door to the stranger in uniform in front of me, everything I had known to be true in my life was robbed.
Every ounce of beautiful peace, gone. In response to the question of how Andrew's death affected me … Well, you would be entitled to know that without question I am just a shadow of the person I used to be, broken, upset, beaten.
An empty shell, empty of the content life I once loved. Please do not leave the victim, who was forced and unwittingly made, for nothing. He gave everything. A bitter reality that I have to face and endure for the rest of my life, every second, every minute, every day.
Whatever is decided in these courts today … it will never bring Andrew back. Andrew will never decorate us with his smile, compassion and selfless generosity and love as he used to.
I will spend every day of my remaining life with a hollowness that will never be fulfilled. An indescribable reality that no amount of words will ever fully reveal.
Again I search for the words to express my heartache, but any description of grief seems inadequate and incomplete.
She said, "I can't explain how tremendous what I feel and what I've been struggling with since we woke up at 4:45 p.m. on August 15, 2019 with the worst news you can imagine.
He died because these defendants decided to steal a quad. My family and I feel broken – can you imagine that a loved one dies so outraged? & # 39;
Ms. Adlam added in her statement to the court about the victim's effects on the death of her son PC Harper: “He was our firstborn and was torn by me.
“I couldn't work for fear of collapse, my mind just isn't in the right place, my fear is overwhelming.
"I hardly sleep … I have no motivation or no daily routine – doing housework or cooking a meal, it just feels senseless now.
"I was sitting in the morgue of my son's covered body, too damaged to be seen. He will never be called "Papa" or hold his own child in his hand – we imagined that this will not be far away in the future.
Andrew was such a good man, a brave, caring person, funny and uplifting. I love and miss him every moment every day. He will be loved forever. & # 39;
PC Harper's sister Aimee also turned to Old Bailey and said: I am sure you already understand how impossible it would be to convey the enormous impact of Andrew's death on me and my family's life.
"I never thought that I would have to face such a raw darkness in my life. Knowing just the bare minimum of details about my brother's death was enough to chase my dreams and worry about my family all the time.
I don't think I'll ever recover from it. My already strong fear has worsened, I am constantly sleepless and low. It affects my daily life and at this point it is difficult to see an end. & # 39;
Henry Long, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers celebrated after not being declared murderous, while Bowers and Cole were seen laughing when they left the Reading Magistrate’s Court during an earlier hearing in 2019.
But today Long's defense attorney Rossano Scamardella QC insisted that her client take responsibility for his role in the officer's death.
Mr. Scamardella told old Bailey that it had been reported in the press that all of the accused had "behaved badly" during the trial.
He said, "Henry Long, we disagree that we behaved badly during the process.
“What we remember from the process is Henry Long's regret for what he felt. We suggest that his repentance is real. & # 39;
At the start of today's hearing, Justice Edis spoke to the court about allegations that the jury had intimidated during the trial.
He said: “These judgments have sparked some controversy.
“I deliberately avoided reading or viewing reports on the case and commenting on them because I am obliged to do justice according to the law and the evidence that I have heard.
However, I was made aware that there were some discussions about the process and in particular about the measures to protect the jury.
In some areas it can be assumed that the jury was subjected to undue pressure. To the best of my knowledge and belief, there is no truth in it at all. & # 39;
The hearing was suspended at 12.45 p.m. to give the judge more time to reflect on his judgments.
The judgments in which Long, Cole, and Bowers were found not guilty last Friday raised fear among the victim's widow. She was "deeply shocked and horrified" by the decision not to convict the youth for murder.
She added, "I have my own life sentence now and believe myself when I say that it will be a much more painful, soul-destroying and painful journey than someone who has been in prison for only a few years."
Lissie Harper then called on the government to intervene, although re-trial was both extremely unusual and unlikely.
Albert Bowers (left) and Jessie Cole (center) laugh as they leave the Reading Magistrates & # 39; Court on September 19, 2019. A fourth defendant, Thomas King, 21, of Basingstoke, admitted conspiracy to steal a quad. He is also sentenced today (if he is pictured outside of Old Bailey). He was not directly involved in the incident that resulted in the death of PC Harper
In an open letter posted on her Facebook page on Tuesday evening, Ms. Harper wrote to Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and former Home Secretary of Labor, Lord (David) Blunkett, asking them and others to “such a despicable one Correct injustice for our country ”.
She wrote: "I ask you to hear my words, to see the facts ahead, and I ask with no other hope than hope that you could help me consider these changes to ensure that Andrew is given a resumption of the procedure, which he undoubtedly deserves, and to see that the judicial system in our country is the solid ethical foundation that it should rightly be.
"Not the joke that so many of us are seeing now."
Ms. Harper's anger was shared by the cop's mother, Debbie Adlam, who wrote, “Andrew James Harper is my son. I am disgusted that he was disappointed.
When they crossed the A4 intersection, they had no way of knowing that he was being thrown against the sidewalks.
& # 39; Totally and bitterly disgusted by the result. Andrew went to work to serve all of us. And so it was paid back. & # 39;
Despite Ms. Harper's request, the Prime Minister is not authorized to order retrial proceedings. According to the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the prosecutor would have to agree to the reopening of an investigation, and this should include "new and convincing" evidence that was not available for the original prosecution.
In response to Ms. Harper's letter, the Prime Minister's spokesman replied: “The Prime Minister's thoughts are with PC Harper's family and friends and they are sympathetic to their loss.
“The bravery that PC Harper showed in intercepting these criminals reminds us of the risks our police officers face every day to protect us.
“His courage, commitment and professionalism represent the best of our police force – and of all of us. The Prime Minister will officially respond to Ms. Harper's letter after the trial. "
The Seat Toledo with tow rope and the police car in a similar position at the meeting point of the vehicles during the visit by the Old Bailey jury on site in Sulhamstead on July 1st
It's been almost a year exactly since PC Harper and his colleague PC Andrew Shaw replied to a report on a stolen quad from a property in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire on the night of August 15, 2019. It was four hours after the start of the shift, although the two were in the area, so wanted to help.
They soon came face to face with the thieves who towed the £ 10,000 Honda Quadbike on Admoor Lane, and prompted PC Harper to get out of the police car and chase Cole, who had untied the rope between the Seat Toledo getaway vehicle and the stolen Honda .
Cole dived into the seat behind PC Harper's grip and asked Long to drive off at 42.5 miles an hour and carry the battered cop behind him for 91 seconds.
His uniform was removed and his colleagues found him unconscious and barely alive in Ufton Lane near the A4.
Despite trying to save him, he died at the scene.
The getaway vehicle was later chased to the nearby Four Houses Corner caravan site.
After his arrest, Long – who later admitted manslaughter – invented a false alibi that he had seen in the racing film Fast And Furious at the time.
However, in an investigation of the cell phone data, all of the accused – members of the travel community – were finally put on the seat.
Her defense claimed that the incident was a "freak event" that neither of them could have planned or anticipated.
But the prosecutor said at more than 6 feet and 14 stones, the accused must have known that PC Harper was killed.
A fourth defendant, Thomas King (21) from Basingstoke, had admitted a conspiracy to steal a quad bike and is also set to be sentenced today. He was not directly involved in the incident that resulted in the death of PC Harper.
"A hideous injustice …" PC Harper's widow heartbreakingly calls for a new trial
The cop's widow, Lissie Harper, asked the government to order a retrial. Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his sympathy for her, but he has no power to grant it
& # 39; Dear Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, David Blunkett and any other person who has the power, moral value and sheer character to correct such a despicable injustice for our country …
The way the trial was conducted, suspected interference with the jury, and the conduct of the accused was a total disregard for any legal system.
“If there is any chance that this hideous injustice can be remedied, I will do everything I can to ensure that it is.
& # 39; There are many, many details that have cruelly brought this recent process under board …
"I will continue to fight for Andrew, for the future that has been stolen from us, and for the victims who will be in this unjust situation in the future.
"Who are we if we allow our legal system to fail? What is this country if it doesn't do justice to the innocent?
"What does it say to the public and the police? It is said that we are weak, that we will turn to the despicable thieves and hideous villains of this world and let them literally get away with murder.
"What can I do for my husband now? My heart is bleeding for the life that was taken so selfishly from us. I ask you to hear my words … to make sure Andrew gets the retrial that he undoubtedly deserves. & # 39;
The "gentle country boy who loved his food": How newly married PC Andrew Harper was dragged to death four hours after the start of the shift because he was determined to help and protect the public
Mark duel for MailOnline
He was & # 39; the gentle giant with the heart of gold & # 39 ;.
The & # 39; country boy & # 39; who loved his food.
The newly married policeman who died on duty – more than four hours after the start of the shift – because he was determined to help and protect.
Andrew Harper and his sweetheart Lissie should have spent their honeymoon in the Maldives at the end of summer 2019.
Andrew Harper and Lissie should have spent the end of summer 2019 in the Maldives for their honeymoon
Instead, the new woman, Harper, was faced without her 13-year-old partner for the rest of her life after he was killed in an emergency call on August 15 – four weeks after the couple closed the knot.
Andrew Harper was born on March 22, 1991 to the parents of Philip and Debbie and grew up in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, as the big brother of the siblings Sean and Aimee.
He joined the Thames Valley Police in 2010 as a 19-year-old, initially as a special police officer and the following year as a regular full-time officer.
He was over 6 feet tall, weighed 14 stone and 14 feet tall.
But his wife described his friendly and selfless demeanor at his funeral as "gentle giant with a heart of gold".
"Our superhuman, our bodyguard, our light in the dark," said Mrs. Harper in a homage to her husband days after his death.
"My God, we will miss you. You will be remembered as the best of us forever. & # 39;
Lissie Harper posted a message on Facebook six days ago, one year after marrying PC Harper. In it, she said: "I am alone in complete disbelief."
The two enjoyed spending time together outdoors, taking long walks and bike rides and exploring new places.
At the time of his death, PC Harper raised money for children with cancer and set a first sponsorship goal of £ 500 for participating in a 20-mile obstacle course.
Ms. Harper remained without her 13-year-old partner for the rest of her life after being killed on August 15, last year
Within weeks of his death, the sum exceeded £ 300,000.
Colleagues remembered PC Harper's love of food, his infectious smile, and sense of humor.
His colleague, Pc Jordan Johnstone, said to the mourners at the 28-year-old's funeral, "I remember Harps' first day … He came in with a clean white hat, shiny boots, and an incredible selection of Tupperware Office.
"We laughed, we joked and we never stopped smiling."
However, PC Harper had a serious side to it, which he and his colleague demonstrated when he decided to respond to reports of an intrusion into Bradfield Southend, Berkshire on August 15, 2019 at 11:17 p.m.
Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw told the jury, "Although it goes far beyond the end of their shift and they are close together and think they can help," the duo offered to take part in the scene.
Mr. Laidlaw described it as "beyond duty".
It should be PC Harper's last case.
The depth of the injuries caused by PC Harper's death echoed through the Thames Valley police. The officers formed an almost honor guard when members of the jury visited the scene.
And the emotion of the family was so harsh that the jury was not told about the status of PC Harper as a newlywed if the weight of a widow's grief harmed the accused.
Instead, members of the PC Harper family watched three teenagers describe their respective involvement in death.
Hare hunting, attacks on houses with fireworks and theft: How illiterate people who kill police officers brazenly documented their violations of the law on Facebook
By Mark Duell for MailOnline
19-year-old Henry Long and his passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18 years old, have been imprisoned for years for homicide due to the death of PC Andrew Harper.
The 28-year-old newly married PC Harper got caught in a tow rope attached to her Seat Toledo when he tried to arrest her in Berkshire last August.
The teenagers admitted they planned the theft, and Long pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but everyone denied knowing PC Harper was there.
All three were acquitted of the murder today by an Old Bailey jury that had thought for over 12 hours, but Cole and Bowers were found guilty of manslaughter.
Here's a profile of each of the killers, showing how they documented their violations of the law in Facebook posts that chase rabbits and fireworks at homes:
HENRY LONG (driver)
Fast and furious, loving driver: illiterate, 19, with a number of juvenile offenses for violence and drunk mess
19-year-old Henry Long was taken out of school by his father after having problems with the teachers
Henry Long, 19, could neither read nor write and was taken out of school by his father after having problems with teachers.
At 12, he followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and started stealing, he told the jury.
Long specialized in theft of quads and machines and carried tools to break into sheds and crack metal chains and padlocks.
The career thief first discovered the quad and drove the getaway car that PC Andrew Harper killed. Among travelers, he had the reputation of being a good driver who could drive vehicles at breakneck speed.
With the help of Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18 years old, he disguised his Seat Toledo by turning off the taillights, masking the license plates, and removing all the logos. For a long time the ringleader was telling Bowers and Cole to shut up and turn the music on while he was driving.
Cross-examined Long admitted "dangerously close" that he was enjoying the persecution when he further knew that PC Harper was being dragged behind him.
He tried to convince the jury that if he had known the officer was behind him, he would have stopped and tried to save him.
Long (pictured in September 2019) specialized in theft of quads and machines and had tools to break into scales and crack metal chains and padlocks
Sitting in the dock, he laughed with Bowers and Cole as details of the terrible death were read that brought PC Harper's widow to tears. First he said to the police, "I don't care," when they arrested him for murder.
He lied and claimed to have seen Fast and Furious all night. But the police were able to trace his cell phone back to the scene and forced him to change his story.
During the trial, he argued that he couldn't hear or feel anything behind the car. Long has four convictions for five crimes, all as a teenager. He is convicted of two battery charges, two cases of drunkenness and disorder, and two other shoplifting crimes.
ALBERT BOWERS (passenger)
Accomplices with a passion for blood sports: racist thug, 18, who posed with dead bunnies on Facebook and fell asleep during the process
18-year-old Albert Bowers fell asleep during the trial when the prosecutor showed footage of the officer who was dragged to his death
18-year-old Albert Bowers is very interested in coursing blood sport rabbits.
Photos from his Facebook account show the teenager holding pictures of dead rabbits killed by his sighthound.
He had turned to waiting photographers and started laughing after one of his first appearances at the Reading Magistrates' Court after the murder.
Even when PC Harper's body was described as a "dear carcass" Bowers, Long and Cole continued to grin in the dock.
His attention span lasted only 40 minutes, and he eventually fell asleep in the trial when the indictment showed footage of the officer who was dragged to his death.
As evidence, he said that he could neither read nor write and had to be supported by an intermediary. He left school in the sixth year and occasionally worked as a landscape gardener while assisting himself with theft.
The jury heard that he and Long were close friends, often looking for property together. Both knew the nearby streets well and used this knowledge of the site to avoid the police.
Bowers has three convictions for five juvenile offenses.
He has been convicted of a number of criminal damages, a touch-sensitive sexual assault, an offense possession crime, a battery sentence, and a racist offense.
JESSIE COLE (passenger)
The 18-year-old tree cutter, who had left school and could only spell his own name, needed help from an intermediary while he testified in court
Jessie Cole, 18, can neither read nor write and left school at the age of 14
Jessie Cole, 18, claimed he had met Bowers and Long recently.
He claimed that he was stolen with them and not just because he was afraid.
Like the other two, he can neither read nor write and left school at the age of 14. He attended college for boys with learning difficulties and when he dropped out, he could just spell his name.
Since then he has worked with his father as a tree cutter in Reading, Basingstoke and the Isle of Wight, earning up to £ 70 a day. In the weeks leading up to the murder, he worked with his father on the island before returning to his mother.
His parents had split up when he was 18 months old. Cole said he was closer to his mother than to his father. As with Bowers, an intermediary helped him when he testified.
Cole behauptete, er habe nicht gesehen, wie PC Harper ihn verfolgte, aber Dash-Cam-Aufnahmen des verfolgenden Polizeiautos zeigen, wie er sich dem Polizisten zuwandte, bevor er durch das Toledo-Fenster sprang. Er hat keine früheren Überzeugungen.
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