PC Harper’s widow begs PM for retrial of laughing Travelers who killed her husband
Henry Long, 19, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, were acquitted of murder by an Old Bailey jury on Friday but found guilty of manslaughter which carries a much more lenient sentence.
The three teenagers – who live in a traveler’s encampment in Berkshire – were seen laughing outside of court after the verdict which caused outrage across the nation with people calling for ‘capital punishment’ to be reintroduced.
They dragged PC Harper for miles down a road after his foot became caught in the tow rope of the quad bike they were stealing with the trauma tearing the clothes and uniform from PC Harper’s body.
His colleagues found him down the road and he could not be revived.
And now Lissie Harper, who had only been married to Andrew Harper for a month and were due to go on their honeymoon, has pleaded to the government for a retrial.
In an open letter posted to Facebook, Lissie Harper urged Boris Johnson to “have this miscarriage of justice overturned”.
She wrote: “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?”
Her husband, she said, was “brutally killed in the most savage and cruel way” by “immoral, barbaric and shameless” men.
“We can all see as plain as day that it clearly has not been a fair trial whatsoever”.
She called on Mr Johnson to act to ensure “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.”
Long, who was the driver, said he was remorseful and that if he had known PC Harper was there he ‘would have helped.’
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter whilst Cole and Bowers took that charge to trial and were found guilty.
All three will be sentenced in the autumn.