Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 May 2019

British fugitive guilty of manslaughter detained in Georgia

Jack Shepherd skipped bail during his trial over the death of Charlotte Brown

Jack Shepherd was driving a speedboat that flipped and killed Charlotte Brown in 2015. Reuters.
Jack Shepherd was driving a speedboat that flipped and killed Charlotte Brown in 2015. Reuters.

A British man convicted of manslaughter in absentia after going on the run for ten months has handed himself into authorities in George. Jack Shepherd, 31, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter when Charlotte Brown, 24, died after a speedboat he was driving flipped on the River Thames in London in December 2015.

Extradition proceedings have begun “immediately” the Metropolitan Police said. Speaking to Georgian reporters outside a police station he confirmed his identity and said he “involved in a tragic accident.” He skipped bail while on trial and an international arrest warrant was issued.

He was tracked to Georgia by British journalist and not long after the family of Ms Brown held talks with UK home secretary Sajid Javid who promised to extradite Shepherd as soon as he was found.

After heading of Shepherd’s insistence that he was innocent, Ms Brown’s sister Katie told the BBC she was getting “increasingly angry.” She said: “All he’s thinking is himself and his feelings.”

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"Whilst he's been off in Georgia, he claims that he went to see friends and he has always wanted to see the scenery there - almost like he was claiming it was a holiday.

"He is not thinking about Charli, us, respect for the legal system, all he is thinking about is himself and his feelings," she added.

Updated: January 24, 2019 06:21 PM

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