Harry Dunn’s alleged killer will no longer face upcoming UK court hearing


Harry Dunn: Anne Sacoolas hearing vacated
Anne Sacoolas was due to appear before magistrates in London next week (PIcture: PA / REX)

An American woman accused of killing 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn near a US military base in Northamptonshire will no longer face a London court hearing on Tuesday.

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat, was charged with causing Harry’s death by dangerous driving after a car hit his motorbike near RAF Croughton, the site of a US Air Force comms station, in August 2019.

Proceedings were drawn out by a lengthy dispute between the UK and US governments over whether Sacoolas should face justice in Britain.

She had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by Washington shortly after the collision, enabling her to leave the UK 19 days after the incident.

The 44-year-old was expected to appear via video-link at next week’s hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

But the hearing has now been vacated, meaning it has effectively been postponed until further notice.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Crown Prosecution Service said the decision followed ‘engagement between the parties’.

It added: ‘This is to enable ongoing discussions between the CPS and Anne Sacoolas’s legal representatives to continue.

Undated family handout file photo of Harry Dunn. US citizen Anne Sacoolas is due to face criminal proceedings in the UK charged with causing his death by dangerous driving. Issue date: Monday December 13, 2021. PA Photo. The 44-year-old is accused of killing the teenager in a road crash outside US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27 2019. See PA story COURTS Diplomat . Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Harry was killed in a road collision near RAF Croughton in August 2019 (Picture: PA)
Ms Sacoolas was able to leave the UK after the US asserted diplomatic immunity on her behalf (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

‘Mrs Sacoolas has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice any proceedings.’

Radd Seiger, spokesperson for Harry’s family, said: ‘We have full faith in the Crown Prosecution Service and will wait to hear from them with further developments, hopefully in the near future.

‘Harry’s family were obviously looking forward to the hearing on Tuesday so they hope an agreement will be reached sooner rather than later.

‘It is vitally important for their mental health that justice and closure is achieved soon.’

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