'Harper's Law': Killing Emergency Relief Workers to Sentence for Life | Emergency services | MCU Times

‘Harper’s Law’: Killing Emergency Relief Workers to Sentence for Life | Emergency services

Offenders whose crimes lead to the death of an emergency worker performing the service will receive mandatory life sentences under a new law introduced following the death of a police officer, Andrew Harper.

The decision, announced by the government, follows a two-year campaign by Lissie Harper, whose husband was killed while answering a burglary call late at night. She’s said before that she was “outraged” at the sentences handed over to the three teenagers responsible for his death.

The new legislation, called Harper’s Act, will pass on to the law books through an amendment to the existing law on police, crime, sentencing and courts, and is likely to enter into force early next year.

Harper said: “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.”

Henry Long, 19, was sentenced to 16 years, and Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, were jailed for 13 years for the murder of PC Harper, 28. Long, the leader of the group, admitted manslaughter while his passengers, Cole and Bowers, were convicted of manslaughter after a trial in Old Bailey. The jury acquitted all three of murder.

Harper died of his injuries when he was caught in a strap fastened to the back of a car and dragged down a winding country road as the trio fled the scene of a quad bike theft in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on the night of 15 August 2019.

PC Andrew Harper and his wife, Lissie, on the beach
PC Andrew Harper and Lissie Harper. Photo: Thames Valley Police / PA

The verdicts prompted Lissie Harper to lobby the government to better protect emergency workers, a definition that includes police officers, National Crime Agency officers, prison officers, custody officers, firefighters and paramedics.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, announcing the proposed change in the law, said: “We will introduce statutory life sentences for those who wrongfully kill an aid worker during their duty. I pay tribute to Lissie Harper’s remarkable campaign. This government is on the side of the victims and their families, and we want our emergency services to know that we will always have their backs. ”

Interior Minister Priti Patel said: “PC Andrew Harper’s killing was shocking. In addition to being a committed police officer he was a man and a son. It is thanks to the dedication of Lissie and his family that I am proud to honor Andrew’s life by introduce Harper’s law. ”

Lissie Harper said relief workers “require extra protection” as they are “exposed to risk and in the depths of danger” on a regular basis. She hopes Harper’s law will provide that protection, saying she was “happy” about the law change.

The courts must already sentence life sentences to murder, although such sentences can also be applied to other violent crimes.

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