Harry Dunn's parents 'actively considering' private prosecution against US suspect

9 December 2019, 16:49

Harry Dunn's parents are 'losing faith' in the criminal justice system
Harry Dunn's parents are 'losing faith' in the criminal justice system. Picture: PA

By Megan White

The parents of Harry Dunn, who died after being knocked off his motorbike, are considering a private prosecution against the US suspect in their case.

The 19-year-old died in a head-on collision with a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.

Anne Sacoolas, the motorist allegedly responsible for the crash, claimed diplomatic immunity and was allowed to return to the US.

A file of evidence was handed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on November 1 after Northamptonshire Police interviewed Mrs Sacoolas, 42.

But family spokesman Radd Seiger said Mr Dunn's parents were going through "untold mental anguish" caused by what they call a "delay" in a charging decision.

Charlotte Charles, Harry's mother, speaks outside Buckingham Palace
Charlotte Charles, Harry's mother, speaks outside Buckingham Palace. Picture: PA

The family have requested two meetings with Chief Crown Prosecutor Janine Smith, who has said she will meet them once a charging decision has been made.

In a statement on Monday, Mr Seiger said it "boggles the mind that no charge has yet been laid" and added that discussions about a private prosecution were under way.

He also said the family felt "completely let down and abandoned" over the case, more than 12 weeks the teenager died .

Mr Seiger said: "Sadly, the family are losing faith and confidence in the criminal justice agencies to do the right thing and authorise that charge and have therefore reluctantly concluded that they have no choice other than to now actively consider with their lawyers in London bringing a private criminal prosecution against Anne Sacoolas.

"Those discussions are now well advanced. Frankly, no-one who had been through what they had been through, and are continuing to go through, could blame them."

A CPS spokeswoman said: "We appreciate how difficult this time must be for Harry's loved ones and understand that his family are seeking answers.

"However, whilst the case is under active consideration, we are unable to meet with Harry's family to discuss its progress.

"The CPS is carefully considering all the available information, including the impact on Harry's family, in order to make an independent and objective charging decision.

"Our Chief Crown Prosecutor will meet with Harry's parents as soon as is it possible to provide them with an update."