CPS statement on the sentencing of Henry Long, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers

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Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern, Jaswant Kaur Narwal, said: “PC Andrew Harper was a young police officer whose life was tragically cut short by the senseless acts of three teenagers, leaving his family, friends and colleagues totally devastated. Our thoughts remain with them during this very difficult time.

“This was a harrowing and evidentially challenging case. We relied on hundreds of witness statements and exhibits, expert evidence and a meticulous reconstruction of the tragic circumstances of that night, to put forward the strongest possible case for murder. Having heard all the evidence in relation to PC Harper’s death, the jury convicted Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole of manslaughter.

“Our deepest sympathies remain with PC Harper’s family, who we know are unhappy with the verdict. The jury can only convict if they are certain beyond reasonable doubt, having heard all the evidence, and we respect their decision.

“Long, Bowers and Cole’s criminal actions resulted in the needless death of a brave, young man who was killed in the line of duty, and they will spend a total of 42 years in prison for that.”

Notes to editors

  • Henry Long (28/April/2001) pleaded guilty to theft and manslaughter at an earlier hearing and has today been sentenced to 16 years in prison. He must serve a minimum of 10 years and 8 months in prison.
  • Albert Bowers (30/March/2002) pleaded guilty to theft at an earlier hearing and on 24 July was found guilty of manslaughter. Today he has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.
  • Jessie Cole (17/May/2002) pleaded guilty to theft at an earlier hearing and on 24 July was found guilty of manslaughter. Today he has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.
  • Thomas King (05/07/1998) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal a quad bike at an earlier hearing and has today been sentenced to two years in prison.

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