My task now is to impose a sentence which reflects the seriousness of this case and protects the public. Those are the purposes of the sentences in this case in all cases, given the ages the defendants have now reached. Nothing which I can do, or could have done if there had been a conviction for murder, can restore Andrew Harper to his loving wife and family, or to the public he served so well. His devastating loss in these terrible circumstances will follow his family forever and they have the profound sympathy of the court and the whole nation in their loss. The victim personal statements are deeply moving and I have read them with care and listened intently to what was said in this courtroom.
Henry Long you were the leader of the group that night and gave the orders which resulted in the death of Police Constable Harper. You drove the car which killed him... The custodial term will be based on a starting point of 24 years discounted for your age, and then for your plea to 16 years. You will serve 10 years and 8 months of that before you can be considered for release. You will be entitled to release after 16 years. The extended licence period will be 3 years.
Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, you are both somewhat younger and you were not ringleaders... The starting point is 20 years, this is reduced on account of your ages and immaturity to a term of 13 years in each case. You will serve two thirds of that in custody and the balance on licence.
Thomas King you fall to be sentenced only for conspiracy to steal, and only for the first attempt... In your case, having regard to the early plea, the sentence is 2 years imprisonment.