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Fury as PC Andrew Harper’s smirking killers get £500,000 of taxpayers’ money in authorized help

Fury as PC Andrew Harper’s smirking killers get £500,000 of taxpayers’ cash in legal aid


TRAGIC PC Andrew Harper’s smirking killers got almost £500,000 of taxpayers’ money in authorized help for his or her trial, The Solar can reveal.

The officer’s widow Lissie, 29, tonight blasted the large invoice spent on defending Henry Lengthy, 19, and Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, each 18.

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Albert Bowers (left) was given £131okay in authorized help whereas Jessie Cole used £164okay[/caption]

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Getaway driver Henry Lengthy was handed £169okay in authorized help[/caption]

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PC Andrew Harper’s widow Lissie has slammed the large invoice spent on their defence[/caption]

She stated the associated fee saddened her however inspired her to struggle for Harper’s Legislation, which might see more durable sentences given to killers of emergency employees.

PC Harper, 28, suffered catastrophic accidents when he was dragged behind a getaway automotive in Bradfield Southend, Berks, in August final 12 months.

However Lengthy, Bowers and Cole have been all controversially cleared of homicide and have been as a substitute convicted of manslaughter.

Driver Lengthy acquired 16 years whereas passengers Bowers and Cole each acquired 13 years.

They acquired shorter sentences due to the lesser conviction.

However the phrases have now been referred to the Legal professional Normal, who will take into account whether or not or not they’re unduly lenient.

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Lengthy (left) acquired 16 years whereas passengers Cole and Bowers each acquired 13 years[/caption]

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PC Harper, 28, suffered catastrophic accidents when he was dragged behind a getaway automotive[/caption]

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The horror incident passed off in Bradfield Southend, Berks, final 12 months[/caption]

In the meantime, Bowers and Cole try to problem their convictions and sentences — which means the authorized help invoice will rise additional.

The price of defence solicitors throughout police interviews after which solicitors and barristers for his or her trial on the Previous Bailey final month got here to £465,767.
Lengthy acquired £169,174, Bowers £131,695 and Cole £164,898

Lissie stated: “It saddens me — however doesn’t shock me — that a lot public cash has been and continues to be spent on defending the indefensible.

“These people proceed to point out no regret for his or her heinous crimes.

It saddens me — however doesn’t shock me — that a lot public cash has been spent on defending the indefensible.


Lissie Harper

“It’s information resembling this that makes me extra decided than ever to maintain on combating for Harper’s Legislation, which might imply these despicable criminals are jailed for all times.

“That might be an applicable deterrent and an acceptable punishment.”


A supply stated of the authorized help invoice: “It’s an enormous sum of cash. There’s little question the very fact two of them are interesting will imply extra taxpayers’ money shall be thrown at them.

“It’s already been a really controversial case with numerous anger on the determination to not discover them responsible of homicide and the sentences then handed right down to them.

“There’s an enormous quantity of assist for Harper’s legislation.”

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Lissie is ‘saddened’ by the quantity handed to her husband’s killers in authorized help[/caption]

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Nonetheless, it has inspired her to struggle tougher for Harper’s Legislation – which might imply his killers are jailed for all times[/caption]

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