PC Andrew Harper: Three teenagers given lenient sentences at Old Bailey today

Three teenagers who dragged Pc Andrew Harper to his death when he interrupted a botched attempt to steal a quad bike have been jailed for a total of 42 years between them.

They dragged PC Harper, 28, to his death after his foot got caught in the tow rig of the quad bike they were stealing.

He was dragged for a mile down the road before colleagues found him dead.

Henry Long, 19, who was the driver, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was given 16 years imprisonment today.

His two codefendants 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers were found guilty of manslaughter and both given 13 years imprisonment.

They were all found not guilty of murder last week which led them to cheer with their family in the dock of the court whilst PC Harper’s widow cried.

In court today, PC Harper’s heartbroken widow Lissie broke down in tears as she described the “indescribable trauma” she has endured.

“My husband was brutally killed four weeks after our wedding day”, she said. “My life often feels bleak, hopeless, irreparable.”

She told the court: “Not only did these men take this man from me, they took our future too. They took more than one life away that day, they stole the person I used to be.”

All three can be out in less then half the time on good behaviour.


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