PC Harper’s widow ‘absolutely stunned’ and ‘profoundly dissatisfied’ at verdict

Derrick Santistevan

The widow of PC Andrew Harper has actually stated she feels “immensely disappointed” after 3 teens were condemned of murder for eliminating her spouse.

Lissie Harper, who had actually just been wed for a month when he passed away, stated she felt “utterly shocked and appalled” after the decisions at the Old Bailey.

She informed media outside the court: “Standing here before all of you, I honestly thought I would be addressing you after a very different verdict.”

PC Andrew Harper was eliminated while on task

PC Harper was dragged to his death behind a car while trying to stop the teens taking a quad bike in west Berkshire.

The car’s motorist, Henry Long, 19, and his guests, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, had actually rejected murder.

Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole had actually taken a quad bike

All 3 were founded guilty of murder after rejecting they understood the law enforcement officer had actually ended up being knotted in a rope connected to their car.

Mrs Harper explained her spouse’s killing as “brutal and senseless”, including that “for many, many agonising months we have hoped that justice would come in some way for Andrew”.

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She continued: “Andrew was drawn from us on that horrendous night in 2015 and his life was taken and the lives of his family and buddies modified permanently.

” The method which Andrew was robbed of his life all of us understand to be barbaric and mysterious. I am profoundly dissatisfied with the verdict provided today.”

Albert Bowers (L) and Jessie Cole (centre) leaving Reading Magistrates’ Court in September 2019

Albert Bowers stuck his tongue out at professional photographers after appearing in court

Mrs Harper commemorated her “incredible, selfless and heroic” spouse and stated he had “laid down his life for us all”.

“I now have my own life sentence to bear and believe me when I say it will be a lot more painful, soul-destroying and painful journey than anyone facing a meagre number of years in prison will experience,” she stated.

Thames Valley Cops Investigator Superintendent Stuart Blaik, who likewise resolved media outside court, stated the night of PC Harper’s death was “a night we will never forget”.

“Andrew lost his life doing what police officers do every day – putting themselves in harm’s way,” he stated.

PC Harper: What took place that night?

PC Harper had actually currently completed a long shift when he and his coworker reacted to a report of a taken quad bike on 15 August in 2015, the court heard.

While going after the burglars, he ended up being knotted in a rope connected to their Seat.

The Seat Toledo with tow rope

As the teens’ car sped off, the officer was dragged behind at speeds of 42.5 miles per hour and suffered dreadful injuries.

He passed away at the scene.

Mr Blaik declared the teens had “shown no remorse for what happened that evening”.

They are because of be sentenced next Friday.

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