US Air Force asserts jurisdiction over woman charged in biker’s death

The US Air Force has asserted jurisdiction in the prosecution of a servicewoman accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist by reckless driving following an accident in Norfolk, a court has heard.

Airman First Class Mikayla Hayes, 23, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, was released on bail on Wednesday after appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court following the death of Matthew Day.

The 33-year-old died of his injuries after a red Honda Accord car collided with the Yamaha motorbike he was riding in the village of Southery, near Downham Market, last Friday.

Flowers were left on the side of the A10 at Southery in Norfolk (Sam Russell/PA)

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The incident happened in the constituency of Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary and Conservative leadership candidate.

Several bouquets of flowers were left at the scene following the incident.

Hayes, dressed in red pants and a white sweater, spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address when she appeared in the dock to face a single charge of causing death by reckless driving.

Prosecutor Caroline Gardner said the United States Air Force (USAF) served the Crown Prosecution Service with a certificate under the Visiting Force Act of 1952, which asserts its jurisdiction.

It is understood that, if granted, Hayes could face a US military tribunal.

Court artist’s sketch of Mikayla Hayes appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

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But the prosecution will argue that she was not on duty or acting in the line of duty at the time of the incident, which allegedly took place as she was driving home from base. .

Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram adjourned the case to November 11 for a legal debate on the matter.

Major Keavy Rake, USAF Public Affairs Manager at RAF Lakenheath, said: “RAF Lakenheath is aware of the fatality resulting from a motor vehicle accident involving a US service member.

“We express our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.

“We are and will remain in full cooperation with Norfolk authorities during the investigation.”

Norfolk Police say officers were called to B1160 Lynn Road at its junction with Ferry Bank shortly after 4pm last Friday for a collision involving a red Yamaha motorbike and a red Honda Accord.

Hayes works as an airman at RAF Lakenheath in Norfolk (Emma Sword/PA)

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Hayes was arrested, charged and remanded in custody following a hearing at Norfolk Magistrates’ Court last week.

But she was released on bail by Mr Ikram on Wednesday with conditions of living at her home in Downham Market and being present at King’s Lynn police station every Saturday.

Hayes’ passport must be retained by the US Air Force, she is not allowed to apply for documents for international travel, and she cannot leave England and Wales.

The Interior Ministry said it could not comment on ongoing legal proceedings.

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