Harry’s Dunn’s family confront Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab outside election hustings


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Harry Dunn (pictured), 19, was killed in August after Anne Sacoolas crashed into his motorbike near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

Harry Dunn (pictured), 19, was killed in August after Anne Sacoolas crashed into his motorbike near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

Harry Dunn’s friends and family have branded Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab a ‘coward’ after confronting him outside a hustings in his home constituency on Monday evening.

Tim Dunn, Harry’s father, accused Mr Raab of lying to him and his partner and said he has done nothing to help him get justice for his son.

Harry died on August 27 after his motorbike collided with a Volvo XC90 driven by Anne Sacoolas near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.

She had been in the UK for just three weeks and was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Sacoolas, 42, returned to the United States with her family shortly after the fatal crash and has claimed diplomatic immunity.

Harry’s parent’s Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles have since begun a legal fight to bring her back to the UK to face justice.

The family have been warned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that if they take action in the courts it will seek legal costs.

Tim Dunn accused Mr Raab of lying to him and his partner and said he has done nothing to help him get justice for his son

Tim Dunn accused Mr Raab of lying to him and his partner and said he has done nothing to help him get justice for his son

Dominic Raab, pictured centre, arriving at the campaign hustings meeting avoids meeting Tim, father of Harry Dunn outside East Moseley Methodist Church in South West London

Dominic Raab, pictured centre, arriving at the campaign hustings meeting avoids meeting Tim, father of Harry Dunn outside East Moseley Methodist Church in South West London

Dominic Raab leaves the hustings to boos from a crowd of supporters of the parents of Harry Dunn. Tim Dunn can be seen wearing jeans and a flat cap on the right

Dominic Raab leaves the hustings to boos from a crowd of supporters of the parents of Harry Dunn. Tim Dunn can be seen wearing jeans and a flat cap on the right

Sacoolas was interviewed in the US by police, who handed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) last month.

Earlier Harry’s mother Charlotte Charles had branded Mr Raab ‘not fit to hold public office’ and she called on voters to vote him out at the general election .

Mrs Charles said the family had been ‘utterly betrayed’ by Mr Raab’s failure to bring Sacoolas to face justice in the UK, the Mirror reported.

And last night when Mr Raab turned up to a hustings at a Methodist church in East Molesey, Surrey, Mr Dunn pleaded with him for answers but had his pleas rejected by the politician.

Around 100 people were shut out of hustings moments before the father of tragic biker Harry Dunn’s father challenged the foreign secretary.

Those eager to get inside were told the venue had reached capacity and they couldn’t be allowed in for safety reasons.

As hustings continued inside the crowd chanted ‘let us in’ and six police officers arrived.

A crowd booed and branded Mr Raab a ‘coward’ as he left East Molesey Methodist Church in an official car on Monday evening, after the event where he and other candidates aimed to appeal to local constituents.

A sign put up at East Molesey Methodist Church where Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, attends a hustings

A sign put up at East Molesey Methodist Church where Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, attends a hustings

In the brief but passionate exchange, the Foreign Secretary told Mr Dunn: ‘I’m very happy to speak to you but I have to go in there.

‘I don’t want to keep the other people waiting but I am very happy to see you any time, you’ve got my number.’

After the foreign secretary disappeared behind wrought iron gates Mr Dunn said: ‘I wanted to ask him why he lied to me.

‘We had a meeting with him on October 9 when he told the family that the diplomatic immunity was still in place and they tried their best with the Americans but they’re not going to waive it and in the meeting he’s asked us ‘is there anything he could do’ and Charlotte has asked him ‘can you put in for another waiver?’

Anne Sacoolas

Harry Dunn

Harry Dunn (right) died on August 27 after his motorbike collided with a Volvo XC90 driven by Anne Sacoolas (left) near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

‘He says of course I will, a few weeks later when he addressed the House of Commons he said that he knew on October 8 that the immunity had been impertinent and that there was no immunity – the Americans had agreed there was no immunity on October 8.

‘So I just wanted to ask him why he lied and what was his reasoning of not giving us the truth. I’m just getting frustrated.

‘I know he’s got something on but he could have given me a minute. He says I’ve got his number, I don’t have his number he never gave us his number and since that meeting we have had no contact with him at all and he’s not tried to get in contact with us and every time we try to get in contact they just send the same old rubbish letter and no answers.

‘The CPS have had the file now for three weeks. I don’t know what the hold up is, the lady has admitted killing our son – she’s admitted it’s her fault – so I don’t understand why there’s a hold up on this, I really do not.

‘The CPS won’t speak to us, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office won’t speak to us – it’s just unbelievable and I’m just fed up with it now, just really fed up.

‘Our son has died somebody has killed him, left the country, and they would rather protect her than help us.

‘I only wanted one question and I don’t know why he wouldn’t just give me a minute of his time.

‘He’s got ten minutes he could have given us a minute. Its the way it has been since we’ve started.

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, Harry's parents, are pictured on This Morning in October earlier this year

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, Harry’s parents, are pictured on This Morning in October earlier this year

‘It’s still a battle and I’m telling you we’re not giving up. We truly believe that Anne Sacoolas didn’t have immunity.

‘We believe they have come to some agreement behind whatever they have done and we will get to the truth – our lawyers believe us and I think the country believes us.

‘Something is not right between this agreement they have done and it needs to come out. No matter how hard they make it we will get there.

‘We want answers if he wants to come and give me answers – but not the same spiel he gave me last time.

‘I just want to ask him why he would do that to us, he can see we’re grieving, he can see we want answers for our son and just sweep it under the carpet. I feel sorry for these people that have got to vote for him.

‘They have got to seriously think to themselves ‘is this the kind of person we want to be our MP’ because if the bloke is just lying to us then who else is he lying to.’

 



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