Jack Shepherd: Speedboat killer jailed after fleeing UK

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Media captionSpeaking on the plane back from Georgia, Jack Shepherd said he regretted going on the run

A man who killed a woman in a speedboat crash has been sentenced to an extra six months for fleeing the country.

Jack Shepherd fled to Georgia before he was sentenced to six years in jail for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown.

He returned to the UK on Wednesday night after 10 months on the run.

Shepherd, 31, pleaded guilty at he Old Bailey to breaching bail and absconding before his manslaughter trial and was sent to prison to begin his six and a half year sentence.

He was sentenced to an extra six months in prison for skipping bail, to be served consecutively to his six year sentence for manslaughter.

Sentencing Shepherd, Judge Richard Marks told him: “Charlotte’s family were, of course, devastated by the circumstances by which she met her death, and those feelings were greatly exacerbated by the fact you chose to go on the run.”

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Charlotte Brown died in December 2015 when Shepherd took her on a date on his speedboat

Defence barrister Andrew McGee said he understood Shepherd had travelled to Georgia in March last year.

He said he had travelled “under his own name, using his own passport” before he handed himself in to police in Tbilisi in January.

Mr McGee said Shepherd was “overwhelmed by his fear” of a prison sentence.

He added: “It [absconding] was not deliberately callous or cavalier. It was not cynical or calculated.”

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Shepherd’s boat was found to have several defects

Shepherd, originally from Exeter, last appeared at the Old Bailey in November 2017, when he denied manslaughter, and was not present for the trial or sentencing in July last year.

He left the dock without looking at either the public gallery or Ms Brown’s parents and both sisters who were sat in court.

Shepherd has previously been granted the right to appeal against his conviction.

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