PC Harper sentencing: Teenage driver given 16 years

PC HARPER SENTENCING: TEENAGE DRIVER GIVEN 16 YEARS

Henry Long – the 19 year old who drove the car which killed PC Andrew Harper last August – has been sentenced to sixteen years for manslaughter.

The two co-defendants – 18 years old Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers – were both sentenced to 13 years in prison each.

All three can be out in less than half the time with good behaviour.

The trio all were found not guilty of murder last week which led to scenes of them laughing for the cameras outside court and family members wailing whilst PC Harper’s widow cried in the dock.

Long pleaded guilty to manslaughter whilst the other two were found guilty.

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.”