American woman accused of killing Harry Dunn will no longer face upcoming UK court hearing

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.

‘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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