American woman who killed a British motorcyclist and fled to the USA, eventually pleads guilty by video link…..
This is an utterley shameful story that will not be public knowledge in the USA hence I am giving the story oxygen here.
Eventually, three years after killing Harry Dunn, a British Motorcyclist outside a USAF base in Northamptonshire, UK, American citizen, Anne Sacoolas pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing the death of the British teenager by careless driving via a video link from the US. She pleaded not guilty to another, more serious, charge of causing death by dangerous driving and this was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after consultation with Dunn’s family
Sacoolas, 45, killed the 19-year-old in a road crash outside the US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on 27 August 2019. The American citizen then had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US administration and fled British justice back to the USA after Dunn’s death, prompting a three-year campaign to bring Sacoolas back to the UK to face a British court. The roles of the US government in allowing Sacoolas to be spirited away was an abuse of the rules of diplomatic immunity. She killed a British citizen with her car – this has nothing to do with diplomatic immunity.
Sacoolas had been living with her husband, an intelligence officer at the Northamptonshire airbase.
After Sacoolas’ plea, the Judge told Sacoolas (by video link) that there was nothing to stop her from attending a sentencing hearing during the week commencing on 28 November. “The personal attendance and voluntary surrender to the court of Mrs Sacoolas would provide weighty evidence indeed of genuine remorse,” said the judge although this demonstration of remorse is most unlikely as Sacoolas is still not prepared to face her responsibilities. The Judge added that the offence carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, although she noted the range of sentencing guidelines is from a medium-sized community order to three years’ custody. Incarceration is an unlikely outcome.
My comment: This has been a disgraceful example of an individual failing to take responsibility for a tragic accident, fleeing the scene, absconding to her country of origin with the encouragement and even the collusion of the US government. It seems like Americans can come to our country, kill somebody and be whipped away under the guise of diplomatic immunity. Begs the question how would the American public feel if a British person went on vacation to the USA, killed someone in a traffic accident then disappeared unter the protection of the British Covernment? The case has abused the principle of diplomatic immunity and made a mockery of our mutual extradition agreements which have been constructed to the advantage of Americans. I can only imagine the turmoil Harry Dunn’s family have been through these past three years and continue to suffer. I can only hope that the shame and guilt of this accident and Anne Sacoolas’ subsequent behaviour, looms large in her mind for the duration.