Anne Sacoolas: Case of Harry Dunn’s alleged killer to be heard in UK for first time

Anne Sacoolas: Case of Harry Dunn’s alleged killer to be heard in UK for first time

The case of Harry Dunn’s alleged killer is set to be heard at a UK court for the first time.

Anne Sacoolas, 45, is accused of causing the 19-year-old motorcyclist’s death by dangerous driving following a collision outside a US military base in Northamptonshire in August 2019.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said a hearing had been scheduled at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

It has not been confirmed whether Sacoolas’s attendance at the hearing is required.

The defendant 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.

In a statement confirming the court date for Sacoolas, the CPS said: “A hearing has been scheduled for September 29 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

“We remind everyone that Mrs Sacoolas has a right to a fair trial and there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice any proceedings.”

The Dunn family told the PA news agency they would not be commenting on the case until the conclusion of criminal proceedings.

Sacoolas has originally been expected to face court for the first time in January, but the hearing was aborted at the last minute with court staff confirming: “The case is not ready therefore the parties and the court have agreed to adjourn to a date to be notified.”

The decision to bring a criminal charge against the US citizen was made in December 2019, when Sacoolas was in the United States.

She is suspected of driving on the wrong side of the road in the moments prior to the crash with Mr Dunn outside US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.

An attempt at extradition was thwarted by Sacoolas’ claim of diplomatic immunity.