Anne Sacoolas: Harry Dunn suspect ‘keen to do community service’

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picture captionHarry Dunn died in hospital after his bike was concerned in a crash outdoors RAF Croughton

The suspect within the demise of Harry Dunn can be keen to do community service and make a “contribution” in his reminiscence, her lawyer stated.

Mr Dunn, 19, died in a crash close to RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in 2019.

Amy Jeffress, the lawyer for suspect Anne Sacoolas, who returned to the United States claiming diplomatic immunity, stated such a crash wouldn’t be prosecuted criminally within the US.

Harry’s mom, Charlotte Charles, stated she should face “the UK justice system”.

Ms Jeffress added that her shopper “never denied that this was her fault”.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised Northamptonshire Police to cost Mrs Sacoolas with inflicting {the teenager}’s demise by harmful driving, however an extradition request was rejected by the US authorities in January 2020.

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picture captionAnne Sacoolas, pictured on her marriage ceremony day in 2003, cited diplomatic immunity after the crash and returned to the US

Speaking to Joshua Rozenberg, for BBC Radio 4’s Law in Action, Ms Jeffress stated that they had been making an attempt to resolve the case in a manner that will not contain Mrs Sacoolas’s return to the UK.

Ms Jeffress stated: “We understand that community service is a typical sentence for offences like this.

“We have provided ever since over a 12 months in the past that she can be keen to serve that form of a sentence and to make a contribution in Harry’s reminiscence, to take different steps to strive to convey some peace to the household.”

Ms Jeffress said Mrs Sacoolas had driven “instinctively” on the right-hand side of the road after leaving the US military base where her husband had a job covered by diplomatic immunity.

At the time of the crash on 27 August 2019, Mrs Sacoolas had only been in the UK “for a couple of weeks” and had made “a tragic mistake”, said Ms Jeffress.

“She’s by no means denied that this was her fault – that she induced this collision by driving on the incorrect aspect of the highway,” she said.

She claimed reports Mrs Sacoolas had not called for help were untrue, stating she flagged down a motorist who called the ambulance service while she notified police at the military base.

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image captionFlowers left in remembrance of Harry Dunn on the B4031 near RAF Croughton

The lawyer said her client had co-operated fully with police, took a breathalyser test, which produced a zero reading, and surrendered her phone to show she had not been using it.

She remained at the scene until told by the police to leave and was subsequently interviewed by them for several hours, Ms Jeffress said.

The lawyer added: “One facet of this that has not been reported is that this sort of an accident, had it occurred within the United States, wouldn’t be prosecuted criminally.

“In the United States, these cases are only prosecuted where there is evidence of recklessness that rises to the level of close to intent – drunk driving, distracted driving, a hit-and-run situation or excessive speeding.

“But there was none of that right here.”

She said she understood this was one of the reasons the US was not prepared to waive her client’s immunity.

image captionHarry’s mother Charlotte Charles, who was interviewed on BBC Breakfast with the family’s spokesman Radd Seiger, said “no person is above the regulation”

Mrs Charles said: “In this nation we do not get to advise our CPS as to what they hand down, we do not get to affect the decide and jury in any manner.

“She may want to do community service and there is nothing we can do to influence that, she has to go through the UK justice system – which is one of the fairest in the world – they will decide.

“She simply wants to come again and get it over and carried out with.”

Radd Seiger, the Dunn family’s spokesman, said it was “incorrect” for Ms Jeffress to suggest that community service was an option.

“We know she [Mrs Sacoolas] didn’t intend to kill Harry, however in our nation, as of their nation, when you drive dangerously – 20 seconds down the incorrect aspect of the highway and find yourself killing a baby – that’s not one thing we tolerate.

“We expect justice to be done.”

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picture captionCharlotte Charles has beforehand stated a ruling permitting a civil declare towards his alleged killer to go forward within the US will give her an “alternative to hear some truths”

Ms Jeffress stated Mrs Sacoolas “would very much like to move forward and resolve the case”.

“She’s willing to meet with the family to provide whatever information they are seeking and we truly hope that we can do that and give the family some measure of peace.

“Anne is actually sorry for Harry’s household and the ache that this has induced.”

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image captionHarry Dunn’s parents – Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn

The UK’s Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said: “Rather than speaking in regards to the sentence that will be applicable, let’s really cope with the query of legal responsibility first.

“At the moment there is an outstanding and very serious matter relating to the alleged driving of this person and the death of a young man.

“What we try to do is to really undergo due course of and cope with the difficulty of prison legal responsibility first.”

Mr Dunn’s parents have launched a civil claim against Mrs Sacoolas and her husband Jonathan in the US state of Virginia, where they live.

The next stage would normally be for Mrs Sacoolas to give a formal deposition – answering questions put by the claimants’ lawyer.

Ms Jeffress said she thought “it could significantly better for Anne to present no matter info the household seeks in a much less formal setting than a deposition the place legal professionals are concerned and there are objections and so forth”.

She added: “If the case doesn’t settle, then depositions can be taken, and he or she would comply.”

‘Denial of justice’

Ms Jeffress also denied suggestions that Interpol was seeking her client’s arrest in the US under a so-called Red Notice.

“There is not any Red Notice, and there by no means was a Red Notice and so Interpol won’t be aiding on this matter.”

A spokesman for Boris Johnson reiterated that the Prime Minister “continues to battle for justice” for Mr Dunn’s family.

“We have at all times requested for extradition. The denial of that now we have at all times seen as a denial of justice,” he said.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesman said the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had raised the case with the US Secretary of State Anton Blinken.

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