PC Harper murder trial postponed until June
The Old Bailey trial of three teenagers accused of the murder of Police Constable Andrew Harper has been adjoured until the summer after three jurors were forced to go into self-isolation over fears they had contracted coronavirus.
The estimated six-week trial was expected to continue until mid-April, but this morning (March 23) the Judge, Mr Justice Edis, made a statement to the court to announce with a “heavy heart” that it will not continue until at least June, later this year.
Pc Harper, 28, was killed while attempting to apprehend quad bike thieves on the evening of August 15, last year.
The driver, Henry Long, 18, and two 17-year-olds, have admitted conspiring to steal the quad bike but deny murder. Long, from Reading, has admitted manslaughter, which his co-accused deny.