Two of the three individuals who were recently convicted of killing the hero Thames Valley Police officer, PC Andrew Harper, have launched appeals against their manslaughter convictions, as reported by the DailyMail.
PC Andrew Harper was killed on the 15th August last year after he was dragged for 1.4 miles at an average speed of 42.5 mph behind a car that was occupied by three thieves.
Henry Long was driving the car. Also in the vehicle were Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole.
The three career criminals had just carried out a masked raid on a private property and were heading away from the scene with a £10,000 quad bike that was being towed behind a Seat Leon.
PC Harper’s foot became entangled in a crane strop, that had also been stolen during a separate incident, that was being used to tow the quad bike that was being steered by Jesse Cole.
PC Harper’s injuries were so horrific, that many news outlets, including emergency services news, have taken the decision not to report on them.
After PC Harper was dislodged from the car that was being driven by Long, the average speed of the Seat Leon went up to over 50 MPH.
Nearly 400,000 people signed a petition following the ‘not guilty’ murder verdicts of Cole, Bowers and Long, calling for a retrial.
But Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole have now lodged applications with the Court of Appeal seeking permission to challenge their 13-year custodial sentences which came after they were found guilty of manslaughter.
The news comes as Lissie Harper, PC Andrew Harper’s widow, launches her own campaign called ‘Harper’s Law’ which aims to ensure that anyone who is convicted of killing an emergency worker spends the rest of their lives behind bars.
News of the appeal against the sentences which were handed down to Cole and Bowers comes as the Attorney General is expected to decide later this month as to whether the sentences handed down to Henry Long, Jesse Cole and Albert Bowers were too lenient.
The Attorney General could decide to refer their sentences to the Court of Appeal to consider whether the sentences handed down to the callous killers were too lenient.
No date has been set for the hearing of the appeals by Bowers and Cole.
To support Lissie’s ‘Harper’s Law’ campaign, click HERE
Last updated 190820 / 14:20
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