JAN MOIR: Anne ‘stony-heart’ Sacoolas doesn’t have an ounce of decency
Try to imagine the worst thing that could happen to your family. Imagine that one of your children, one of your darlings, walks out of the home one day and never comes back.
Gone for ever, just like that. With not even a chance to say goodbye or tell them how much you love them before their sudden, shocking death. Leaving you with nothing but a scrabble of memories and a broken heart.
The future that you hoped for has been wiped out, now only the void of grief beckons. That is what happened to the Dunn family.
Their son Harry was 19 years old when he was killed in a road crash near his home in Croughton, Northamptonshire, last August.
Anne Sacoolas (pictured in Virginia) is clearly keen to avoid a potential charge of death by dangerous driving and possible imprisonment if she steps foot in the UK again
He was riding his motorcycle when it collided head-on with a Volvo XC90 being driven by Anne Sacoolas — the wife of a U.S. intelligence officer stationed at nearby RAF Croughton. In a fatal moment of forgetfulness, she was driving on the wrong side of the road, and she ploughed straight into Harry.
Her own son, with her in the car, was unharmed. After a 43-minute wait for an ambulance, Harry died of his injuries in hospital. It was a terrible accident, a tragedy for all involved. But most of all, I think we must agree, for the Dunn family.
Yet their agony has been exacerbated by the fact that Mrs Sacoolas promptly escaped justice and culpability by claiming diplomatic immunity and fleeing home to America before the law could catch up with her.
This week she was photographed getting on with her life, driving her children to school — the kind of happy, everyday family moments that are now denied to the Dunn family.
Nothing can compensate them for the loss of their son, but to wilfully deny them any frayed thread of justice is shameful.
Harry Dunn (pictured) was 19 years old when he was killed in a road crash near his home in Croughton, Northamptonshire, last August
If Anne Sacoolas had a shred of decency in her body, surely she would come back to the UK and accept responsibility for what she did? To look them in the eye and say I am so, so sorry for your loss — before accepting her fate in court?
It wouldn’t bring Harry back, but at least the Dunn family would be comforted by the balm of righteousness and consoled by the fact that Mrs Sacoolas had finally accepted that not only did Harry’s life matter, but that his death demands resolution, too.
Mrs Sacoolas is clearly keen to avoid a potential charge of death by dangerous driving and possible imprisonment if she steps foot in the UK again.
Yet such a terrible outcome is by no means guaranteed. (And certainly not if she had stayed to face the consequences in the first place.)
Last year another U.S. citizen who accidentally killed someone in very similar circumstances was spared a jail sentence.
American tourist Caroline Emmet, 56, was heading for Edinburgh Airport when she drove along the wrong side of the A198 road for 500 yards, not realising her mistake.
On a blind bend she crashed into another car, killing passenger Elizabeth Henderson, 83.
Mrs Emmet was indeed convicted of death by dangerous driving.
She was banned from driving for three years and sentenced to carry out 500 hours of unpaid community work in France, where she now lives.
The Scottish judge noted that Emmet’s previous driving record was exemplary and that there were no aggravating issues such as drink or drug-driving, driving too fast or using a mobile phone at the wheel. He also told Mrs Emmet: ‘You have shown remorse which I accept is genuine.’
Does this not seem like a far more civilised outcome for a terrible tragedy? A healing of some emotional wounds, a feeling of justice being done for all parties, yet the law being applied with compassion and understanding?
Far better than this queasy stand-off, as stony-hearted Anne Sacoolas gets on with her life and refuses even to acknowledge the suffering of Harry’s grieving parents Tim and Charlotte.
This week they called the new images of Mrs Sacoolas getting on with her life ‘sickening’.
They have called on her to show a jot of compassion, to do the right thing — but there has been no response at all.
Since Harry’s death, his family have campaigned with dignity and determination for some form of legal retribution but so far unsuccessfully. So far nothing.
President Trump hasn’t been able to help, neither has Boris Johnson, nor the British Government.
They are the little people, stuck in the middle of a giant international standoff. For this, they deserve all our sympathy. But more than that, they deserve closure.
Anne Sacoolas should talk a long hard look in the mirror — and do the right thing. This isn’t going to end until she does.
To be frank I pride myself on not really knowing who all the different Kardashians are — and never having watched their show.
Not snobbery, just that there is only so much trash telly my brain can take.
However, I do know that model Kendall Jenner is one of them — and just must congratulate her on this vintage-inspired bikini.
Isn’t it gorgeous? So much more elegant and flattering those complicated, strappy porn-ready numbers often favoured by Kash-starlets.
Winter is coming. As Storm Ciara bears down upon our shores without mercy, let’s comfort ourselves with the thought that somewhere far away, a girl is on a sunny beach in an even sunnier bikini playing with a hose for no good reason (unless it’s attached to a cask of rosé) and appreciating stomach panels for the first time in her life. Whoever she might be.
Kendall seen in a dark-blue denim vintage-looking swimsuit with a thick-strapped bra top and high-waisted bottoms during a photo shoot in Miami
Tracy’s dress WAS out of order
Labour MP Tracy Brabin wore an off-the-shoulder dress in the House of Commons and somehow lived to tell the tale. The Shadow Culture Secretary has hit back at the hateful online trolls who said she looked like a ‘slapper’ and rightly so.
However, I do think that former Coronation Street star Tracy was inappropriately dressed for the Commons. Darling, that was a cocktail dress, an afterhours dress, a ready-for-my-close-up dress.
Sadly, it was not one of those dresses that fashion editors always insist can take women from ‘desk to dinner’ — because we all know such a garment does not exist. Tracy’s dress would not have not passed muster as workwear in most offices across the land, and if she wants to be taken seriously as a politician she has to dress less like someone heading out on a hot Tinder date and more like someone tackling serious issues.
All male MPs conform to strict and smart dress codes and I am afraid females must, too — it is not Victorian, it is not draconian, it is not anti-feminist, it just is.
PSI felt similarly dispirited by Nancy Pelosi ripping up Trump’s state of the union speech in the U.S. this week. Rather than being the empowering act of a strong woman — how she saw it — it was a regrettable descent into Trumpian levels of spiteful infantilism. Women, we can and must do better than this.
In the final moments that President Trump was in the House chamber Tuesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood behind him and ripped up his State of the Union speech
Messy? I blame the parents
Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao outed her 19-year-old’s bad behaviour by showing pictures of his untidy bedroom on social media. TV star Nicky Campbell did something similar with one of his children a few years ago, and everyone had a jolly good laugh.
However, hold it right there.
Is it really responsible parenting to expose your children to possible ridicule, running the risk — fully realised, in this instance — of the images of their messy rooms turning up in national newspapers? And compounding your child’s misery by leaning in on your own celebrity and making it all about you? Look what I have to suffer!
Sky News presenter Jacquie Beltrao shared this tweet about her son’s room to her 65,900 followers
For the truth is that Jacquie and Nicky — and other indulgent parents just like them — created these messy Franken-teen monsters.
They allowed the mess to happen. They stood by as the stalagmites of discarded clothes and socks multiplied and the striations of grot grew deeper. Why didn’t they nip it in the crud?
Few teenagers are naturally tidy creatures. They live in the Age of Selfish; they are entirely focused on themselves and their own wellbeing. Perhaps stricter parenting, involving the implementation of boundaries and discipline, would help alleviate the problem, instead of shaming them on a national forum.
Bad Dad and Mean Mum! Go to your rooms immediately!
Am I missing something? Prince Charles has appointed Katy Perry as an ambassador for the British Asian Trust.
Is this what they call blind casting?
Pop star Katy is neither British nor Asian, but she has signed up to help the royals fight against child labour in India.
To be fair, she did get engaged to comedian Russell Brand there, after he proposed to her at the Taj Mahal. Does that count?
The couple later married outside the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary and even had elephants at their extravagant wedding. Sadly, the fraught marriage lasted less than two years. So let’s agree that Katy knows all about suffering, at least.
Prince Charles has appointed Katy Perry (pictured in Los Angeles) as an ambassador for the British Asian Trust
Weinstein trial is raising troubling questions . . .
Unbelievable scenes from the Weinstein trial in America — and I don’t just mean Harvey shuffling in on his walking frame like a frail old bloke in a care home, about to join the lunchtime tomato soup queue.
Nor the graphic detail about his intimate physical appearance, which has been relayed in distressing detail.
It’s more that some of the testimony from alleged victims raises more questions than it answers.
Donna Rotunno, Weinstein’s lead lawyer, has established that at least one woman — Jessica Mann — who had accused Weinstein of raping her carried on a cordial relationship with him long after the alleged incident(s).
Rotunno read out email exchanges when Mann had contacted Weinstein, asking not for juicy movie roles but if he could fix her up with membership of the Soho House private members’ club, secure red-carpet invitations for her and other assorted favours.
At one point, Mann cried when this evidence was cited in court.
Coverage in the Guardian newspaper, among others, suggests the ‘aggressive’ Rotunno has gone too far. However, even though Weinstein may well be a monster, he is entitled to a fair trial and for all the evidence to be tested in court.
At the very least, some of these ‘relationships’ seem to be more complex and of ongoing mutual benefit to Weinstein and his women than we have been led to believe. The public has a right to know all this, even if it doesn’t feed into the victim narrative.
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