A teenager by name Henry Long has admitted the manslaughter of a newlywed police officer Andrew Harper, who was dragged under a van in Berkshire in 2019. Although the murderer who 18 year-old denied the murder but will be tried alongside the other suspects in April this year.
The police officer, Harper, who was 28 at the time, died from multiple injuries that he sustained after the incident on 15th August last year.
The Thames Valley Police officer was actually on duty when he was murdered very close to the village of Sulhamstead.
Henry Long, who was 18, from Mortimer, Reading, was reportedly behind the wheel. He appeared at the Old Bailey for a plea hearing by video link from Belmarsh prison wearing a black and white Puma sweatshirt.
When asked by the presiding Judge of his plea to a charge of manslaughter, he said: “Pardon, was that manslaughter?” and finally added: “I plead guilty, guilty.”
Long denied murdering PC Harper’s but admitted to a conspiracy to steal a quad bike.
Another 17-year-old co-defendant, whose identified is yet to be known pleas not guilty to PC Harper’s manslaughter and conspiracy to steal.
The teenage boy appeared in court by video link from Wetherby young offenders institute in a grey sweatshirt and wearing a crucifix around his neck.
There was another 17-year-old boy who had previously entered not guilty pleas to manslaughter and conspiracy to steal in PC Harper’s murder.
Then the fourth defendant, one Thomas King, 21, from Basingstoke, clearly admitted conspiracy to steal a quad bike. Three of the teenage boys are due to face a six-week trial at the Old Bailey from March 9 this year.