Harry Dunn parents to push for justice during Trump visit

3 December 2019, 10:35

Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles and father Tim Dunn with family spokesman Radd Seiger (centre)
Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles and father Tim Dunn with family spokesman Radd Seiger (centre). Picture: PA
Sylvia De Luca

By Sylvia De Luca

The family of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn have said they will "make our feelings known" to US President Donald Trump on his visit to the UK.

The 19-year-old's parents have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to "press the family's case for justice" upon Mr Trump during his visit to London for a meeting of NATO leaders to mark 70 years of the alliance.

Harry's family will be "congregating outside Buckingham Palace" on Tuesday evening to make their "presence known."

When the President was asked about the case during a press conference, Mr Trump said Harry's parents are "lovely people", before adding: "We're trying to work something out."

The teenager was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.

Anne Sacoolas, the 42-year-old motorist allegedly responsible for the crash, claimed diplomatic immunity and was allowed to return to the US.

She is believed to have been driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash.

Harry's family have now said they expect the Prime Minister to demand Mrs Sacoolas's return, to call for it publicly, and then meet the family to confirm he has spoken to Mr Trump about the issue.

When asked at a press conference on Tuesday about the case, the president said Mr Dunn's parents are "lovely people", adding: "We're trying to work something out."

The family of Harry Dunn, (left to right) Tim Dunn (Harry's father), Charlotte Charles (Harry's mother), and Bruce Charles, arrive at Portcullis House, London for a meeting with shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry.
The family of Harry Dunn, (left to right) Tim Dunn (Harry's father), Charlotte Charles (Harry's mother), and Bruce Charles, arrive at Portcullis House, London for a meeting with shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry. Picture: PA

Last month Mr Dunn's parents said they were "absolutely on their knees" as a family as a charging decision has still not been made over the US suspect.

The family also said that the authorities were making their lives "a living hell".

Mr Dunn's parents have repeatedly said they are determined to get justice for their son by ensuring the American woman suspected of causing his death faces justice in the UK.

The family's spokesman Radd Seiger said: "We have called for a meeting with Boris Johnson to press the family's case for justice.

"The political leaders in the UK have made several public statements that they are doing all they can for Harry's family. We have seen not a shred of evidence of that.

"Actions speak louder than words. We expect Mr Johnson to demand Anne Sacoolas's return to the UK in his bilateral meeting with President Trump this week, to also call for that publicly, and then to meet with us to confirm that he has done so."

A person wearing a Justice 4 Harry arm band applauds as a motorbike convoy makes it's way through the village of Charlton whilst following Harry Dunn's last ride as a tribute to the teenage
A person wearing a Justice 4 Harry arm band applauds as a motorbike convoy makes it's way through the village of Charlton whilst following Harry Dunn's last ride as a tribute to the teenage. Picture: PA

Mr Seiger added: "Harry's family, friends and supporters and people right around the country will not stand for it and we will be congregating outside Buckingham Palace in the early evening as the leaders arrive to make our feelings and presence known and to mingle with like minded people who, like us, believe in right versus wrong."

It is understood that Harry's parents have also expressed their "misery" to the Crown Prosecution Service over the time they have taken in deciding whether or not to charge the suspect in the case.

Both Mrs Charles and Mr Dunn have sent messages to a senior Crown prosecutor, in which Harry's mother spoke of "utterly shattered heart".

Mr Dunn also called on the CPS to "help us start our grieving process", over a month on from the police's initial handover of the completed file of evidence.

Speaking of the CPS's charging decision, Mr Seiger said: "For reasons unbeknown to the family, the CPS continue to delay authorising a charge. That delay must come to an end.

The victim's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn took a flight to the USA in October to "put pressure on the US administration to do the right thing".

While at a meeting in the White House the parents said a "bombshell was dropped" when President Trump told them Ms Sacoolas was in the room next door.

They refused to meet Ms Sacoolas at the time, as they said the meeting had to be "on our terms and on UK soil."

The parents also previously met with Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary to seek help, but said they were "angry and frustrated" at the outcome of their meeting, saying it felt like "a publicity stunt".

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