Sunday Mirror

£650K LE­GAL AID BILL OF PC HARPER KILLERS

- BY PA­TRICK HILL pa­trick.hill@mir­ror.co.uk Crime · United Kingdom Ministry of Justice

THE killers of PC An­drew Harper got more than £650,000 le­gal aid funded by tax­pay­ers, fig­ures re­veal.

It dwarfs the £465,767 ear­lier re­ported given to Henry Long, 19, and 18-yearolds Al­bert Bow­ers and Jessie Cole.

And it is set to rise as all three have chal­lenged their sen­tences, while the Ap­peal Court will also con­sider claims the terms were too le­nient. Min­istry of Jus­tice fig­ures show Long got £239,430, Cole £207,932 and Bow­ers £206,776.

PC Harper’s wife Lissie, 29 – whose An­drew’s Law cam­paign aims to get life sen­tences for killers of 999 per­son­nel – said: “I am sure the pub­lic will be as stag­gered as I am to know th­ese es­ca­lat­ing le­gal costs – de­fend­ing those that show no re­morse for their ac­tions. I will keep fight­ing for what is right and fair and I thank Sun­day Mir­ror read­ers for their un­stint­ing sup­port.”

The trio were cleared of mur­der but con­victed of man­slaugh­ter. Long, the driver, got 16 years and his pals 13.

PC Harper, 28, died in Au­gust last year, tan­gled in a tow rope be­hind the flee­ing thieves’ car in Berk­shire.

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