Fury as PC Andrew Harper’s killers receive £500k of taxpayer’s cash

PC Andrew Harper's killers were given half a million pounds of taxpayers money in legal aid, it has been reported.

The killers, who were pictured smirking during the trial have been blasted because of the huge sum of money given to fund their defence.

Henry Long, 19, and Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18 were given a combined total of £500,000 in legal aid, reveals The Sun.

Andrew Harper's widow, Lissie, 29, slammed the amount of money they received for their trial, which saw them spared a full-life sentence.

She is fighting for Harper's Law – seeking more severe punishment given to those who kill emergency workers.

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PC Harper was killed as he tried to apprehend quad bike thieves on the night of August 15 last year in Bradfield Southend, Berks.

He had become caught in a tow rope attached to a getaway car and was dragged more than a mile along country lanes, the Old Bailey has heard.

All three accused were cleared of murder and were convicted of manslaughter.

Long, who was driving at the time, received a 16-year sentence, while passengers Bowers and Cole got 13 years.

The latter two are attempting to challenge their sentence, which means they will receive further legal aid.

According to The Sun, defence solicitors during police interviews as well as solicitors and barristers for the trial at the Old Bailey totals to £465,767.

Long received £169,174, Bowers £131,695 and Cole £164,898.

Lissie said: "It saddens me — but does not surprise me — that so much public money has been and continues to be spent on defending the indefensible.

"These individuals continue to show no remorse for their heinous crimes.

"It’s news such as this that makes me more determined than ever to keep on fighting for Harper’s Law, which would mean these despicable criminals are jailed for life.

"That would be an appropriate deterrent and a suitable punishment.”

Speaking about the legal aid bill, a source told The Sun: "It’s a huge sum of money. There’s no doubt the fact two of them are appealing will mean more taxpayers’ cash will be thrown at them.

"It’s already been a very controversial case with a lot of anger at the decision not to find them guilty of murder and the sentences then passed down to them.

"There’s a huge amount of support for Harper’s law."

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