The wife and mother of PC Andrew Harper are approaching the one year anniversary since his death.
As the mother of 3 grown children I could not imagine having to go through life without one of them, and to have to do it knowing your son’s life was taken by 3 thugs and then to not get justice must be truly heart-breaking. The sentences handed down was not justice in any sense of the word.
Three teenagers, Henry Long, 19, and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, were recently sentenced. Long, of College Piece in Mortimer, was sentenced to 16 years, while Cole, from Paices Hill, Aldermaston, Reading, and Bowers, of Windmill Corner, Mortimer Common, Reading, were each handed 13-year terms. With good behaviour they will be out in 6 and then their health and rehabilitation will be the concern of the do gooders…..whilst PC Harpers family will be serving a life sentence of grief.
Pc Harper’s family have criticised the sentences and the reductions given due to the defendants’ ages. Mrs Adlam began a campaign to change the sentencing guidelines, dubbed Andrew’s Law, calling for those who kill police officers to face a minimum of 20 years in prison. Hopefully because of people’s disgust and the demand for a new law that “Andrews Law” will come into effect, and for once a law that puts the grief of those left behind ahead of those whose actions have caused it. The law should always be about justice not taking the advice of the bleeding hearts brigade. After all if you do not respect the law then you do not belong in our society.
Any death of a police officer in the line of duty is a tragedy and for me it is a shame that we don’t bring back hanging, but that is one thing very few MPs will agree too, but we must have a deterrent that makes the perpetrators think again about murdering those very brave men and women who risk their lives everyday to keep our streets safe.
If you do not respect the law then you do not respect society, and society is better off without you in it and it should carry a mandatory life sentence as it is not fair for those brave individuals to protect us from the low life of this world, to then lose their own.
A lasting legacy to PC Andrew Harper and his grieving family is to ensure that all cases involving the death of a police officer is treated seriously by the courts, and they are removed from society for the rest of their natural life.