PC Andrew Harper's widow asks Boris Johnson for a retrial

PC Andrew Harper’s widow has written to Boris Johnson to ask for a retrial after her husband’s teenage killers were cleared of murder.

PC Harper was killed by Henry Long, 19, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, as they tried to steal a quad bike in August 2019, leaving behind his wife who he was married to for only a month.

PC Harper, 28, was dragged for more than a mile along the country lanes of Berkshire when he became entangled in a tow rope attached to the teenagers’ getaway car and died.

The three teenagers were cleared of murder on Friday, and Mrs Harper posted an open letter on her Facebook page last night, urging the Prime Minister, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Lord Blunkett urging them and others ‘to right such a despicable wrong for our country’.

She wrote: ‘I implore you to hear my words, see the facts that are laid out before us, and I ask with no expectations other than hope that you might help me to make these changes be considered, to ensure that Andrew is given the retrial that he unquestionably deserves and to see that the justice system in our country is the solid ethical foundation that it rightly should be. Not the joke that so many of us now view it to be.’

I will keep fighting on behalf of Andrew, the future that was stolen from us and also the victims who find themselves in this unjustly situation in the future.

‘After all, who are we if we allow our legal system to fail us?

‘What is this country if it does not provide justice for the innocent?

‘What does it say to the public and the police officers, old and new if every day they go out and put themselves at risk to detain these criminals just to witness them be treated so exceptionally lightly in the eyes of the law?

‘It says that we are weak, that we will roll over to the despicable thieves and vile miscreants of this world and literally let them get away with murder.’

Long, Cole and Bowers face sentencing on Friday for manslaughter.


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