The wife of a US diplomat will not be heard in a London court next week over claims she killed a teenager in an accident.
Anne Sacoolas was due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, almost two and a half years after Harry Dunn’s death.
However, this morning it was confirmed that the hearing will not take place.
Prosecutors say the delay will allow for an “ongoing” discussion with Sacoolas.
The defendant was charged with causing death by dangerous driving after 19-year-old Harry was killed in a crash near RAF Croughton on August 27, 2019.
It is alleged that she was driving the SUV that was involved in a head-on collision with Harry.
Northamptonshire Police say the car was traveling on the wrong side of the road at the time.
THE EXTRAORDINARY STRUGGLE OF PARENTS
The 44-year-old was able to leave the UK after the US government asserted diplomatic immunity on her behalf.
The US Embassy confirmed that Sacoolas was driving the car involved.
Since the tragedy, Harry’s family has faced a struggle to bring her home.
Sacoolas is the wife of US diplomat Jonathan Sacoolas, who was stationed at the US intelligence base at the time of the crash.
Washington has refused to extradite Sacoolas, despite pleas from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
“WE NEED CLOSURE”
Former US President Donald Trump tried to arrange a meeting between Ms Sacoolas and Harry’s parents, Charlotte and Tim Dunn, at a White House summit.
The family refused to take part in the stunt thrown at them during a meeting in October 2019, later describing it as an “ambush”.
This morning, Radd Seiger, a spokesman for Harry’s parents, said: “We have full confidence in the prosecution and look forward to hearing from them with further developments, hopefully in the near future.”
“Harry’s family were obviously looking forward to Tuesday’s hearing so hopefully an agreement can be reached as soon as possible.
“It is vitally important to his sanity that justice is served and that it is closed soon. »
Speaking in December, a CPS spokesperson said, “While the challenges and complexity of this case are well known, we remain committed to ensuring justice in this case.
“Anne Sacoolas has the right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that you do not report, comment or share information online that could in any way prejudice any proceedings. »
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