‘What we have been through is barbaric’

Nine months ago my son Harry Dunn was killed while riding his motorbike through the lanes around Northamptonshire. The time since then has been mentally exhausting. Just as I was starting to resume my life, going to work and grocery shopping, the coronavirus hit and we went into lockdown.

This week we had some of the first good news since Harry’s death. Our adviser and family friend, Radd Seiger, called Monday at the end of a rough weekend to say that Interpol had circulated a red charge against Anne Sacoolas, who fled the country and claimed diplomatic immunity before she was charged with the suspicion of the cause of death could be questioned by dangerous driving. She was on the wrong side of the road when her car collided with Harry’s bike near RAF Croughton. The notice means she is to be located, provisionally arrested and returned to the UK. She is currently being held as a fugitive by the US, which has refused extradition, so it is likely that she will only take effect if she leaves the country.

For our family it is a first step towards justice, a signal that the CPS are on the same side as us and that Sacoolas is not above the law. When the news broke to me, I suddenly broke down and cried. Harry’s twin, Niall, smiled with relief for the first time in a long, long time. We will not find closure until Sacoolas has been brought to justice in the UK.

It has given us new hope at a desperate time. There are millions of personal struggles in every household, but for our family — Harry’s five siblings and four parents (Tim, his father, and our partners Bruce and Tracey) — the pandemic has thrown back our grief.

In a way, we have been in voluntary self-isolation since August 27th. We couldn’t go to work, couldn’t bring ourselves to go to the pub and didn’t want to go away for the weekend; it was all too painful. But we sorely miss family and friends stopping by to check on us and the little moments of quiet. ‘What we have been through is barbaric’

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