Man who killed Clacton woman in speedboat crash hands himself into police in Georgia
PUBLISHED: 19:52 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:59 24 January 2019
A fugitive who killed a woman from Clacton he took out on a speedboat during a date has been caught after months on the run.
The hunt had been on for Jack Shepherd following his trial at the Old Bailey over the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea.
Ms Brown died in December 2015 when 31-year-old Shepherd’s boat flipped into the cold waters of the River Thames in London.
The pair had been on a Champagne-fuelled first date.
Shepherd, originally from Exeter, was sentenced in his absence to six years in prison for manslaughter by gross negligence.
Georgia’s embassy in London has confirmed he surrendered himself to police on Wednesday, after Ms Brown’s family increased their calls for him to return to the UK to face justice.
Ms Brown’s father Graham Brown celebrated Shepherd’s arrest, writing on Facebook: “Justice for Charlotte is close.”
The family of Ms Brown - known to loved ones as Charli - ramped up pressure in recent weeks, meeting with home secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday and renewing calls for Shepherd to surrender himself.
A day later, Shepherd - wearing a long coat, jeans and a checked scarf - waved as he walked into the station from a black car, footage from a Georgian television station showed.
Speaking to journalists, he said: “Yes my name is Jack Shepherd, I was involved in a tragic accident...in which a lady called Charlotte Brown tragically died.”
The National Crime Agency (NCA) confirmed Shepherd was in custody.
Scotland Yard, the force leading the investigation, said officers had been updated by the NCA on the development and are awaiting confirmation of his identity.
However, the Metropolitan Police added that once identity was secured, extradition proceedings would “begin immediately” against Shepherd, who was wanted on an international arrest warrant.
Georgian law states extradition is granted if an individual has been sentenced to at least four months in prison.
While Shepherd was on the run from the law, his lawyers have been working to appeal against the conviction.
Solicitor Richard Egan said: “In the light of today’s developments I don’t think it would be appropriate to comment further until Mr Shepherd is back in the jurisdiction.”