PC Harper murder trial: Officer died in 'shocking circumstances'

Computer Harper murder trial: Officer died in ‘shocking circumstances’

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Thames Valley Police

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Computer Andrew Harper died soon after his ankles grew to become lassoed in straps connected to a vehicle

A law enforcement officer was killed in “definitely stunning instances” when he was dragged for much more than a mile by a motor vehicle on a place street, a court docket heard.

Computer Andrew Harper was “swung from side to aspect like a pendulum” right after his ankles obtained caught in a strap trailing powering a automobile driven by 19-12 months-previous Henry Very long in Berkshire in August 2019.

The Outdated Bailey heard his uniform was “ripped and stripped from his physique”.

Mr Extended and travellers Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both of those 18, deny murder.

The prosecution case was opened to a new jury after a demo, which started in March, could not be completed thanks to the coronavirus lockdown.

Jonathan Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, explained Pc Harper, 28, from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, was remaining with the “most appalling of accidents… and he died there on the highway” just after he grew to become entangled in the tow rope.

“It was a senseless killing of a youthful law enforcement officer in the line of duty a younger guy who was performing no far more than his work,” he explained to jurors.

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Julia Quenzler

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Henry Extended and his passengers, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, (l-r) deny murder

On the night time of 15 August, Peter Wallis referred to as law enforcement to report the theft of a quad bike from the generate outside the house his household in Bradfield Southend.

The court heard Laptop Harper was because of to complete his change for Thames Valley Police’s roadways policing device, but he and a colleague responded to the get in touch with.

“It was heading past the phone of duty, as it had been, and it charge Andrew Harper his life,” Mr Laidlaw added.

‘Ankles lassoed’

At the scene they observed a Seat Toledo pushed by Mr Long, the prosecution said. Mr Bowers was a passenger although Mr Cole was riding the quad bike, which was connected to the auto with strapping.

Mr Cole loosened the straps ahead of driving the quad bike all over the police car or truck. Mr Laidlaw said Computer Harper received out of his vehicle to intercept him.

“The loop of strapping was now on the floor and being dragged behind the Seat,” Mr Laidlaw stated.

“Laptop Harper should have very unwittingly stepped, with the two ft, into the loop designed on the road.”

Mr Laidlaw stated Mr Extended then “sped off” and Computer system Harper was “lassoed” all over his ankles.

Computer Harper’s colleague, Computer Andrew Shaw, explained it “as if he had dropped his footing even though drinking water snowboarding” with his toes “getting whipped forward and his human body becoming thrown again”.

Mr Laidlaw mentioned even though none of the defendants could have “potentially meant that that should really take place” it “will have to have been quite promptly obvious to Henry Extended… that the motor vehicle was now dragging someone”.

The court docket read the Seat travelled for much more than a mile ahead of Computer system Harper turned detached from the strap.

A article-mortem evaluation located Personal computer Harper endured a “quite critical” mind injury.

Mr Extended, from Mortimer, Studying, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but, together with Mr Bowers and Mr Cole, denies murder.

Mr Cole, of Paices Hill in close proximity to Looking through, Mr Bowers, of Moat Shut, Bramley, and Mr Extended have all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal a quad bicycle.

The, trial, expected to previous 5 weeks, carries on.