Andrew Harper's widow Lissie has called for tougher sentences for her husband's teenage killers and said that 'the whole country stands with her' in a moving speech outside the High Court.
Henry Long, 19, was jailed for 16 years and Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18 were each jailed for 13 years in July for the manslaughter of Thames Valley Police traffic officer PC Harper, 28, last year, just weeks after he married Lissie.
The teenagers, all members of the travelling community, were convicted following a five-week trial when the court heard that after stealing a quad bike in Berkshire, their getaway car dragged PC Harper to his death after his ankle became caught in its trailing tow rope.
Today, the government's top lawyer, Attorney General Suella Braverman, appeared at the High Court and appealed for tougher sentences to be given to the killers, slamming the ones previously handed to them for being 'unduly lenient'.
And, speaking at the end of today's hearing, heartbroken Lissie added: 'I have every respect to the Attorney General for reaching the right decision in referring this case for review, I know that the majority of our country stands with her and with me in wanting change.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Perhaps this may now go to show at the very least the urgency in which we need to be tougher and more prepared to shield our heroes from the atrocities that they continue to face.'
Lissie Harper speaking outside the High Court this afternoon. The widow of PC Andrew Harper has called for tougher sentences to be given to her husband's killers
Lissie Harper (left) said 'the majority of our country stands with me in wanting change' as she opened up about the loss of her husband (right) and her anger at the sentences given to his killers
Lissie said that despite her sorrow, she was proud to continue the fight for justice for her beloved husband
After hearing details once again of how PC Harper was killed, Lissie said: 'Today has been as harrowing as you can all expect, however we leave this court with at least a sense of balance.
'Reaching a step closer to a fair outcome is something that I have strived towards for a long time. We have all hoped and prayed that our beloved boy's death will not go improperly punished.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Lissie said that despite her sorrow, she was proud to continue the fight for justice for her beloved husband.
She declared: 'I stand before you today with my heart as heavy as it was those many months ago when I stood feeling let down and angry outside the Old Bailey.
'Yet today I feel pride in myself for not settling for something that I see as unacceptable. Proud to fight for my heroic husband Andrew as I continue to push for the safety and justice of his fellow emergency services protectors in the future.'
Referring to her campaign for Harper's law, which would impose automatic life sentences on those who kill emergency workers, Lissie said: 'As so our battle to achieve Harper's Law-as a fitting legacy and tribute to Andrew-will continue unabated as we await the outcome of today's hearing.'
She spoke outside court after Suella Braverman addressed the court herself in an unprecedented move to appeal against the sentences handed down to the trio for the horrific killing of PC Harper, claiming that they were 'unduly lenient', and caused 'widespread public concern'.
Henry Long, 19 (left), was jailed for 16 years and Jessie Cole (centre) and Albert Bowers (right), both 18 were each jailed for 13 years in July for the manslaughter of Andrew Harper