Just recently, a police officer was killed after being dragged behind a van in an attempt to catch a few culprits who were trying to commit a robbery. The 28-year-old Thames valley police officer died just four weeks after his wedding. The incident took place near the village of Sulhamstead, Berkshire.
The police officer is identified as PC Andrew Harper who succumbed to his injuries and died after trying to catch two 17-year-old boys who were attempting to steal a quad bike with the help of a 21-year-old man identified as Thomas King and an 18-year-old man identified as Henry Long.
Long along with the identified teenagers, is charged with manslaughter, murder, and conspiracy to sleal. When all the accused were brought to court to answer their crimes, the two teenagers who were brought from Wetherby prison were relentlessly laughing for 20 minutes in court. The teenagers were wearing grey prison-issued sweatshirts and plastic crucifixes.
In court, one of the teenagers denied conspiracy to steal and manslaughter. On the other hand, no charges were put against the second teenager. Mr. Judge Edis, the judge of the court, told Thomas King, ” You have pleaded guilty to a serious offense. I am going to grant you bail between now and when the sentence will be passed upon you.” He further added, “I am giving you bail. That does not mean you are not going to be sent to prison. What happens at the end of the process has not been decided, and you must not make the assumption about what is going to happen.
Henry Long, during his trial, denied pleading guilty to all of the charges that he was facing. A plea from him and the two 17-year-old boys was fixed for January 7th, 2020, they are going to face a six week trial at the Old Bailey on March.