US Air Force asserts jurisdiction over worker charged in Norfolk biker’s death | UK News

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

Motorcyclist Matthew Day, 33, died of injuries after a red Honda Accord car collided with the Yamaha motorbike he was riding in Norfolk, Southery near Downham Market last Friday.

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

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.

However, 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 the base.

Hayes spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address when she appeared in the dock.

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

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

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Flowers were left on the side of the A10 at Southery in Norfolk after the collision

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 condolences to the family of the deceased.

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

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 motorcycle and a red Honda Accord, Norfolk Police said.

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

She was released on bail on Wednesday with residency conditions at her home in Downham Market and at King’s Lynn police station every Saturday.

Her 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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