The British teenager’s motorcycle parents, who were killed by the wife of an American diplomat in an accident in England last year, lost the court battle against the UK government on Tuesday because they left the country with diplomatic immunity.
Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, have filed a lawsuit against the UK Foreign Office for allowing Anne Sacoolas, 43, to leave the UK after a fatal accident in August 2019.
But two Supreme Court judges dismissed that Tuesday, ruling that the U.S. “enjoyed immunity from UK criminal jurisdiction when Harry died”.
Through Sacoolas ’solicitors, he had previously admitted that during a fatal accident in Northamptonshire, he was on the wrong side of the road in front of a U.S. air base in Central England.
In December, he was accused of causing the death by dangerous driving, but the U.S. State Department rejected a request to extradite Britain to court for his immunity.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was with the family – even though his office had a legal challenge to handle the case.
“We are clear that Anne Sacoolas will have to face justice in the UK and we will support the family with their legal claim in the US,” Raab said.
Harry’s mother called the court decision “just a blip.”
“I promised my son I would do him justice, and so will Harry.” No one is standing in our way. ”Charles said in a statement to ITV.
“It’s obviously disappointing that this court hasn’t found it in our favor, but now we’re focusing more than ever on delivering on that promise.”
Harry’s father told ITV he was still “completely unbelievable”.
“It all seems so cruel and unnecessary and I’m just as angry today as ever, but I’m so determined to see through it all until there’s justice,” he said.