‘Please, President Biden – help me’: Harry Dunn’s mother appeals for justice in tearful video

Harry Dunn’s mother has made an emotional appeal to president-elect Joe Biden, pleading with him to review her son’s case.

Despite negotiations between the US and the UK, President Donald Trump has so far refused the extradition of Anne Sacoolas, a US citizen charged with causing Harry’s death in the UK by dangerous driving.

In a tearful video directly appealing to the incoming president, Harry’s mother Charlotte Charles described the pain of living without her son, saying: “We’ve been living now without Harry for 16, 17 months… every day is excruciatingly painful still.”

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Harry Dunn was killed while riding his motorbike
Image:Harry Dunn was killed while riding his motorbike
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Image:The family has appealed to Joe Biden

She continued: “I still haven’t been able to piece together the last two, three hours of my son’s life.

“I deserve more than that. And Harry certainly deserves his justice. He was 19 and doing nothing wrong apart from riding his motorbike.

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“Please, President Biden, help me to start to rebuild my life.”

Ms Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road when she was involved in a crash with Harry, who was on his motorbike, outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in 2019.

She later claimed diplomatic immunity and returned to the US, leaving Harry’s family fighting for the case to be heard.

Mr Biden is set to be inaugurated in two days, taking over the reins at the White House.

Ms Charles urged the president-elect to review the case and “reverse the decision” to extradite Ms Sacoolas, referencing Mr Biden’s previous words that “absolutely nobody is above the law”.

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“We are not out to cause anybody any harm. We are not vengeful people,” she said.

“We are a very, very regular family. I just miss my son.”

Lawyers acting for Harry’s parents and twin brother have now filed a civil claim for wrongful death against Ms Sacoolas and her diplomat husband Jonathan.

Harry's family has been offered support to attend court hearings in the US
Image:Harry’s family has been offered support to attend court hearings in the US

The family’s case has been backed by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who wrote them a letter saying he strongly supported their attempt to bring a claim for damages.

Ms Sacoolas’s lawyers are trying to get the claim dismissed and she has always refused to return to the UK voluntarily.

Her lawyers say that the case should be dismissed under the doctrine of “forum non conveniens”, arguing that her home jurisdiction is an inconvenient forum and the case should be heard in the UK.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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