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Harry Dunn suspect out of court to allow ‘discussion’

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The suspected killer of Harry Dunn is no longer on trial to allow “ongoing talks” with prosecutors to continue.

The CPS previously said in a statement the 44-year-old’s case would be heard in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, but the hearing has now been vacated.

Anne Sacoolas is charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal accident outside the US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27, 2019.

The US government had claimed diplomatic immunity for the suspect after the clash and was able to leave the UK 19 days after the incident.

In a statement released on Friday, the CPS said: “Following a dispute between the parties, the hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court was vacated on January 18.

“This is to continue ongoing discussions between the CPS and Anne Sacoolas’ legal representatives.

“Ms Sacoolas has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there is no online reporting, commenting or sharing of information that could in any way affect a proceeding.”

The announcement follows a statement last month in which the CPS said it remained “committed to ensuring justice in this matter” and that the case would be heard on Tuesday.

Immediately following the statement in December, Ms Sacoolas’ legal representatives said: “While we have always been willing to discuss a virtual hearing, there is currently no agreement.”

It was decided to charge Ms Sacoolas with causing the death of Mr Dunn by dangerous driving in December 2019.

In response to the announcement, Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger said the hearing has now been postponed.

He issued a statement, saying: “We have full confidence in Crown Prosecutors and will hopefully be waiting to hear from them with further developments in the near future.

“Harry’s family were obviously looking forward to Tuesday’s hearing so they hope an agreement can be reached sooner rather than later.

“It is vital to their mental health that justice and closure is achieved soon.”

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