Harper died of his injuries after being pulled down a twisting country road by a strap attached to the rear of a car as the trio fled the scene of a quad bike theft in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on the night of August 15, 2019. Wife Lissie shared heartbreaking message on their anniversary day for her husband after she got justice for husband. Let’s read more about the new law, words from his colleague, and life long prison.
Victory for Widow of PC Harper
Last night, it was announced that killing a police officer or a 999 operator will result in a mandatory life sentence. The legislative change is a big success for PC Andrew Harper’s widow, who was killed while responding to a burglary.
An amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill is expected to bring the modification to the statute book early next year.
Dominic Raab, the Justice Secretary, paid homage to Mrs Harper today, saying she had a “burning sense of injustice.” ‘We all owe a debt of gratitude to our dedicated emergency professionals,’ he writes exclusively for the Daily Mail. I want them to know that we are on their side.
‘I pay tribute to Lissie’s determination to change the law, so that the families of those killed while simply doing their jobs get the justice they deserve.’
What did Lissie Harper said,
he said last night: ‘It’s been a long journey and a lot of hard work. I know Andrew would be proud to see Harper’s Law reach this important milestone.
‘Emergency service workers require extra protection. I know all too well how they are put at risk – and into the depths of danger – on a regular basis on behalf of society. That protection is what Harper’s Law will provide and I am delighted that it will soon become a reality.
‘I would like to thank my incredible Harper’s Law team as well as the public for their unstinting support for such an important campaign – those who believed that the right thing is worth doing despite the hurdles and challenges that we needed to overcome.
‘And for the families of those that this law will provide justice for, we’re almost there. Your continued support has kept me pushing forward.’
Heartbreaking Message from Lissie Harper for her brave husband PC Andrew Harper
PC Harper’s colleague, PC Andrew Shaw described the incident, Funeral footage
Like a water skier with his ‘feet whipped forward,’ the cop dropped and vanished from view. Before his body was dislodged, the newlywed was carried for more than a mile at an average speed of 43 mph for 91 seconds.
On duty officer PC Andrew Harper murdered
Courts are already required to issue life terms for murder, while such penalties can be used for other serious crimes as well.
For the manslaughter of PC Harper, 28, Henry Long, 19, was sentenced to 16 years in prison, while Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, were sentenced to 13 years in prison. Long, the group’s leader, confessed manslaughter, while Cole and Bowers, his passengers, were found guilty of manslaughter after a trial at the Old Bailey. All three were found not guilty of murder by the jury.
Justice for Lissie Harper husband PC Andrew Harper
Lissie Harper used the penalties to press the government to improve the protection of emergency service personnel, which includes police officers, National Crime Agency officers, jail officers, custody officers, firefighters, and paramedics.
“We are going to pass into law mandatory life sentences for those who unlawfully kill an emergency worker in the course of their duty. I pay tribute to Lissie Harper’s remarkable campaign. This government is on the side of victims and their families and we want our emergency services to know that we’ll always have their back.”justice secretary, Dominic Raab said,
Priti Patel, the home secretary, said:
“PC Andrew Harper’s killing was shocking. As well as a committed police officer, he was a husband and a son. It is with thanks to the dedication of Lissie, and his family, that I am proud to be able to honour Andrew’s life by introducing Harper’s law.”
According to a Ministry of Justice official, the new penalty will be implemented as soon as practicable. Only the most extraordinary instances will be authorized for judges to waive the minimum life sentence.