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US diplomat Anne Sacoolas is due in court over the death of Harry Dunn


US diplomat Anne Sacoolas, who fled the UK after the crash that killed biker Harry Dunn, will face a first hearing in a UK court this week

  • US citizen Anne Sacoolas is charged with causing death by dangerous driving
  • This follows her lawyers saying ‘no agreement’ reached for her to appear by video
  • She will be in Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday morning

US diplomat Anne Sacoolas will be arraigned on Thursday for the death of Harry Dunn.

The hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court was due to take place earlier but was canceled to allow for an “ongoing” discussion with the US suspect.

Sacoolas is charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal road traffic accident outside the US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August 2019.

Today, in a statement confirming the hearing date, the Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘A hearing is scheduled for September 29 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

“We remind everyone that Ms Sacoolas is entitled to a fair trial and that there should be no reports, comments or sharing of information online that could in any way harm any proceedings.”

The suspect had diplomatic immunity asserted on his behalf by the US government following the collision and was able to leave the UK 19 days after the incident.

Harry Dunn’s alleged murderer will face trial this week after his death more than three years ago

US citizen Anne Sacoolas (pictured in Virginia) is charged with killing the teenage motorcyclist in a traffic accident outside the US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27, 2019

US citizen Anne Sacoolas (pictured in Virginia) is charged with killing the teenage motorcyclist in a traffic accident outside the US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27, 2019

In December, the CPS said it remained “committed to ensuring justice in this case”.

Immediately following this statement, legal representatives for Sacoolas said, “Although we have always been willing to discuss a virtual hearing, there is no agreement at this time.”

An extradition request for Sacoolas was submitted by the Department of the Interior after she was charged with death by dangerous driving, but this was denied by the US State Department in January 2020.

Mr Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, pictured above, have not commented

Mr Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, pictured above, have not commented

The Dunn family were then informed that, although there could be no criminal prosecution in the United States, they could bring a civil action for damages against Sacoolas because their immunity was no longer valid when she returned. in his country of origin.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Sacoolas and her husband Jonathan attempted to dismiss the case on the grounds that it should be heard in the UK.

Judge Thomas Ellis dismissed Sacoolas’ arguments that the UK was a “more convenient” forum, keeping the case in Virginia, describing the motion as “unwarranted”.

Harry’s parents then flew to the United States to give evidence under oath as part of the ‘discovery’ process.

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