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Newsline: US diplomat’s wife gets suspended sentence for killing UK teen in car crash

A US diplomat’s wife on Thursday narrowly avoided jail in Britain for killing a teenage motorcyclist by driving on the wrong side of the road and then fleeing the country. Anne Sacoolas was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, during which period she faces jail if she commits another offence. (https://news.yahoo.com/us-diplomats-wife-gets-suspended-163044617.html) She did not attend the sentencing hearing in London in person and followed proceedings by video-link. Harry Dunn, 19, died in August 2019 when his motorbike collided with Sacoolas’s car that she was driving on the wrong side of the road near a US airbase in southern England. She left Britain after the accident and the US government claimed she had immunity from criminal prosecution because she was at the base as a dependent of her husband. A request for her extradition was denied, turning the case into a high-profile diplomatic spat between London and Washington. Sacoolas was originally charged with causing death by dangerous driving but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving which carries a maximum jail term of five years. Sacoolas had declined to attend court in person on the advice of the US government, her employer, which claimed her presence could “place significant US interests at risk”.

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