Widow of Pc Andrew Harper asks Boris Johnson for a re-trial

Picture: Thames Valley Police

Lissie Harper – the widow of Pc Andrew Harper – has written to the Prime Minister after her husband’s teenage killers were cleared of murder.

Mrs Harper has asked for a re-trial.

The Harpers had been married for just a month before Andrew was killed investigating a quad bike theft in Berkshire.

The 28-year-old officer was dragged for more than a mile along country roads as three youths sped off in a car.

Pc Harper had become entangled in a tow rope hanging from the vehicle.

He died from “catastrophic injuries”.

Picture: Thames Valley Police. Bowers, Long and Coles

Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, were charged with the murder of the officer but were found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

The driver Henry Long, 19, admitted manslaughter.

Now, in an open letter on her Facebook page, Mrs Harper has urged Boris Johnson and the Home Secretary Priti Patel “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.”

Picture: Thames Valley Police. Lissie and Andrew

Mrs Harper added:

“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.”


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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