By Tony Winterburn • 16 December 2020 • 12:54
Manslaughter Sentences for Pc Andrew Harper’s killers Remain Unchanged After Appeal.
The sentences handed down to three teenagers for the manslaughter of Pc Andrew Harper will not be changed after the Court of Appeal dismissed challenges by the Attorney General and lawyers for the trio. Henry Long, 19, was jailed in July for 16 years and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers were handed 13 years in custody over the death of the Thames Valley Police traffic officer.
Pc Harper, 28, was caught in a strap attached to the back of a car driven by Long and dragged to his death down a winding country road as the trio fled the scene of a quad bike theft in Berkshire on the night of August 15 2019. All three were cleared of murder by the jury, which deliberated for more than 12 hours and attracted a lot of public anger and outrage.
At a hearing in November, Attorney General Suella Braverman said the youths’ sentences should be increased, for an offence that was “as serious a case of manslaughter as it is possible to envisage”. However, lawyers representing Long, Cole and Bowers, who appeared by video-link from HMP Belmarsh, argued that their sentences were too long, even suggesting they be reduced.
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