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Instagram troll who told widow 'it's hard to identify a body left in pieces' is facing jail

Instagram troll who told widow 'it's hard to identify a body left in pieces' is facing jail
Milo Alejandro, 20, posted eight comments under photos Lissie Harper posted on Instagram

Milo Alejandro, 20, posted eight comments under photos Lissie Harper posted on Instagram

An Instagram troll who told PC Andrew Harper’s widow that “it’s hard to identify a body left in pieces” faces jail time.

Milo Alejandro, 20, posted eight comments under photos Lissie Harper had posted on Instagram.

The comments were made on March 23 last year, nearly two years after PC Harper’s death in 2019.

Alejandro, of Ilford, was warned on Tuesday to face a jail term after pleading guilty to making grossly offensive remarks online.

The Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard Alejandro say to Mrs Harper, “Your husband has split,” and asked, “How many chomosomes [sic] missing from this photo’?

He taunted under images of PC Harper: “He looks different with his body in one piece, doesn’t he?” and ‘what a neek’ [slang for geek/nerd] how to become a grown man who gets wrapped up in children’.

PC Harper, a 28-year-old Thames Valley police officer, died trying to stop three thieves on August 15, 2019, who fled after stealing a quad bike in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire.

Henry Long, 19 and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers were convicted of manslaughter by the newlywed couple.

PC Harper was caught in a crane belt dangling from the back of a Seat Toledo, driven by Long, and dragged to his death.

PC Harper (pictured on his wedding day to his wife Lissie Harper), a 28-year-old Thames Valley police officer, died trying to stop three thieves from fleeing after stealing a quad bike in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire, on August 15 , 2019

PC Harper (pictured on his wedding day to his wife Lissie Harper), a 28-year-old Thames Valley police officer, died trying to stop three thieves from fleeing after stealing a quad bike in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire, on August 15 , 2019

Alejandro also remarked, ‘Go find your grandma in hell Andrew you neek’ and said ‘the innocent black kids he harassed got justice, huh’.

In a victim’s personal statement read in court by prosecutor Ann Sawyer-Brandish Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Harper labeled the comments “insensitive and hurtful.”

She wrote: “I was hurt that someone could be so insensitive to a widow who was already having an incredibly hard time. I felt sick when I first saw them.’

Ms Harper, from Wallingford, added: ‘There is often a misconception that abuse in the form of words on the screen cannot be as harmful as in person.

“But I can tell you this isn’t true. The words get stuck in my head and that same feeling of disgust remains.’

Ms Harper, from Wallingford, added: 'There is often a misconception that abuse in the form of words on the screen cannot be as harmful as in person.  But I can tell you this is not true.  The words linger in my head and that same feeling of disgust remains'

Ms Harper, from Wallingford, added: ‘There is often a misconception that abuse in the form of words on the screen cannot be as harmful as in person. But I can tell you this is not true. The words linger in my head and that same feeling of disgust remains’

Ms Sawyer-Brandish, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said the comments were reported to Thames Valley police last March.

Checks with Facebook, which owns Instagram, led officers to Alejandro.

He was arrested on November 22 last year and phones were seized from his home in Ilford.

When he was arrested, according to police, he still had screenshots of the comments to Ms. Harper on his phone.

A decorative knife was also found during the search, leading to a conviction in the North London Magistrates’ Court last December for possession of an offensive weapon in a private room.

Henry Long (left), 19 and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole (center) and Albert Bowers (right) were convicted of manslaughter by the newlywed couple

Henry Long (left), 19 and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole (center) and Albert Bowers (right) were convicted of manslaughter by the newlywed couple

Alejandro appeared in court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to sending a grossly offensive or indecent message on a public communications network.

Alejandro’s attorney, David Pallett, asked the district judge to postpone the case for a probation report.

Alejandro was 19 at the time and had no previous convictions when he wrote the abusive messages.

He is also said to be suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues and had previously been seen by a children’s and youth mental health unit.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram, one of England’s top judges, has released Alejandro on bail until he returns on May 6 to be sentenced.

Ikram warned Alejandro: “I seriously considered sending you to prison here and now without a preliminary sentence report.

“So don’t be under the illusion that I probably will when you get back.”

The judge told the serving probation officer in court that the “custodial threshold” had been reached, meaning the offense deserved jail time.

However, he requested the probation period to look at options that would “protect” the public and “punish” the defendant.

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