Deadline set for Harry Dunn's alleged killer to face Northamptonshire teen's parents

US judge tells Anne Sacoolas to give her account of fatal crash by July 23

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 8:38 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 9:36 am
Harry's parents launched their campaign for justice following the teenager's death in 2019

Harry Dunn's mum and dad will come face-to-face with their son's alleged killer within the next few months,

A US district court judge set a July 23 deadline for a deposition by Anne Sacoolas and her husband Jonathan, according to reports last night.

That forces the American couple to give their account under oath of events when the Northamptonshire teenager died in a crash in August 2019.

Northampton Town stars Mark Marshall, Joseph Mills, Michael Harriman and Ryan Edmondson showed their support for Cobblers fan Harry before last night's win over Oxford. Photo: Pete Norton

Harry — who would have been 21 yesterday (March 22) — was killed when his motorbike was in collision with a car being driven on the wrong side of the road by the American outside RAF Croughton in the south of the county.

Radd Seiger, the Dunn family spokesman, told the BBC: "The court in Virginia has now set out the timetable for the parties to follow in the civil claim to trial.

"We set off to Washington shortly after Harry died in search of answers and justice and by no later than July 23 both Mr and Mrs Sacoolas will be required give testimony under oath in front of Charlotte and Tim.

"This will hopefully allow them to process what happened to Harry as they seek to rebuild their shattered lives."

Harry's parents Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles

Harry's mum Charlotte Charles and dad Tim Dunn launched their Justice4Harry campaign along with Harry's twin brother Niall following the crash.

Northamptonshire Police wanted to charge Mrs Sacoolas with causing death by dangerous driving.

But the 43-year-old, who is married to an American intelligence worker, claimed diplomatic immunity and returned to the US with her family.

The US government has rejected extradition requests by the UK government.

Mrs Sacoolas' lawyer has claimed Mrs Sacoolas would not be prosecuted for a similar crash in the US.

Anne Jeffress also said her client would be would be willing to do community service and make a "contribution" in his memory — an offer labelled "offensive" by Harry's family.

Last night's judgement is part of the 'discovery' process in a civil claim bought by the Dunn family in the Sacoolas' home state of Virginia.

Northampton Town players showed their support for the Cobblers fan by wearing Justice4Harry wristbands before last night's 1-0 win over Oxford United.