Harry Dunn's alleged killer Anne Sacoolas' hearing is postponed

Harry Dunn mother Charlotte Charles (centre), stepfather Bruce Charles (left) and friend Isaac Seiger hug outside the Ministry Of Justice in London after meeting with the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Harry Dunn mother Charlotte Charles (centre), stepfather Bruce Charles (left) and friend Isaac Seiger hug outside the Ministry Of Justice in London after meeting with the Director of Public Prosecutions.

US citizen Anne Sacoolas was due to face criminal proceedings in the UK charged with causing Harry Dunn’s death by dangerous driving

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Harry Dunn’s alleged killer Anne Sacoolas will no longer face a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, the Dunn family’s spokesman has said.

Dunn's family have just been informed that the hearing on Tuesday 18th January has had to be postponed.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the hearing had been vacated to allow “ongoing” discussion with the US suspect.

The CPS said: “Following engagement between the parties, the hearing on January 18 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court has been vacated.

“This is to enable ongoing discussions between the CPS and Anne Sacoolas’s legal representatives to continue.

“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.”

US citizen Anne Sacoolas was due to face criminal proceedings in the UK charged with causing Harry Dunn’s death by dangerous driving.

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.

Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US government following the collision, and was able to leave the UK 19 days after the incident.

The CPS reached the decision to charge Anne Sacoolas with causing Mr Dunn’s death by dangerous driving in December 2019.

Mr Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, told the PA news agency her family were feeling “very emotional” after hearing the news.

She said: “My family and I are feeling very emotional and overwhelmed, having just learned the news that Mrs Sacoolas is now to face our justice system.

“It is all that we asked for following Harry’s death.”

Radd Seiger, spokesman for Harry Dunn’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.”