Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd 'to return to UK so he can fight conviction'

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd is set to return to the UK so he can fight his appeal after agreeing to extradition from Georgia.

A court hearing in Tbilisi on Tuesday was told that Shepherd wishes to return so he can take part in an attempt to overturn his conviction over the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown.

He had been on a first date with Ms Brown when his speedboat overturned, plunging her into the icy waters of the River Thames, and fled the UKwhile facing trial at the Old Bailey.

In his absence, the 31-year-old was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in jail, but he has been granted permission to appeal the conviction.

After months in hiding in the capital, Tbilisi, he handed himself into police and was jailed for three months.

His lawyer in Georgia, Tariel Kakabadze, told the Press Association: "He is not fighting extradition."

No date has been set yet for Shepherd's appeal hearing.

The family of Ms Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, have fought a battle for justice following her death in December 2015.

Shepherd, a web designer originally from Exeter, has been detained in a Tbilisi prison after he handed himself in to the authorities last month.

Prosecutor Naniko Zazunashvili said: "He knew the boat was not in good working order and knew Charlotte Brown had no skills to control the boat – and he let her control the boat.

"While being on board the boat Jack Shepherd took obligation to take care of Charlotte Brown, but this obligation was violated.

"He knew the boat was in poor working order."

Ahead of the latest court hearing, Mr Kakabadze had estimated that Shepherd could return to the UK as early as this week.

- This article originally appeared on Yahoo UK

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