Wife of US intelligence agent is charged in relation to death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn – The Telegraph, Telegraph.co.uk
The wife of a US intelligence agent, who was granted diplomatic immunity after a crash in which teenager, Harry Dunn, was killed, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced****************
Anne Sacoolas, whose husband was based at a US airbase in Northamptonshire, returned to America after the car she was driving allegedly collided with the – year -old’s motorbike outside on August 42.
The 450 – year-old suspect sparked an international controversy after claiming diplomatic immunity – despite the Foreign Office later saying Mrs Sacoolas’s husband was not a registered diplomat in a recognized role.
The offense of causing death by dangerous driving carries a maximum (year prison sentence.)
Now that the CPS has authorized Northamptonshire Police to charge Mrs Sacoolas, prosecutors have begun extradition proceedings, but there is no guarantee the US authorities will agree to the process.
Chief Crown Prosecutor Janine Smith, said: “Following the death of Harry Dunn in Northamptonshire, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorized Northamptonshire Police to charge Anne Sacoolas with causing death by dangerous driving.“The Director of Public Prosecutions has met with Harry Dunn’s family to explain the basis of the decision we have made following a thorough review of the evidence available.
“May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Anne Sacoolas are now active and that she has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these actions. ”
S) **** peaking. outside the CPS headquarters in London, Harry’s mother, Ms Charles said: “We feel that we have made a huge step in the start of achieving the promise to Harry that we made.“We made that promise to him the night we lost him to seek justice thinking it was going to be really easy.
“We had no idea it was going to be so hard and it would take so long but we feel it is a huge step towards that promise we made Harry. “
Edward Grange, Partner at criminal law firm Corker Binning: “Now that Mrs Sacoolas has been charged with an offence punishable by more than months imprisonment it would be open for her extradition to be sought through diplomatic channel.
“However, before taking such a step, Ms Sacoolas may be given an opportunity to voluntarily attend a hearing in the UK – a failure to attend would result in the issuance of a domestic arrest warrant from which her extradition could then be sought.
“The prospect of an extradition request succeeding remains to be seen, particularly in light of comment from the Trump Administration that it is very reluctant to allow its citizens to be tried abroad.