A man convicted of killing his date in a speedboat crash on the River Thames has handed himself in to police in Georgia after days of speculation that he was hiding out in the Georgian capital of Tbilis.
Jack Shepherd had been on the run since March, missing his Old Bailey trial for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown. before his trial and for the manslaughter of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown.
The 31-year-old was convicted in his absence and sentenced to six years in prison.
Before his arrest to Police, Shepherd’gave an exclusive interview to Georgian TV Rustavi-2 during which he asserted his innocence and said he was looking to clear his name.
“My name’s Jack Shepherd, I was involved in a tragic accident in which a woman called Charlotte Brown sadly died. In six months, I hope that justice will be done, I’ll be able to succeed… and everyone can move on.”
The victim’s father Graham Brown reacted to the news of the convicted killers arrest saying “I feel very emotional at the fact that my daughter will get some justice. I do think the family will be in a much better position to deal with our loss and heartbreak over the last three years.”
Mr Brown, who earlier on Wednesday gave an interview to the Victoria Derbyshire programme urging Shepherd to hand himself in, described the fugitive as “a very crass, reckless man who stuck two fingers up to the judiciary system”. “He’s done the right thing and thank goodness he has handed himself in,” he added.
Shepherd is eligible to be extradited to the UK under current diplomatic agreements with Georgia.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “We have received information from the National Crime Agency that Jack Shepherd, who is wanted on an international arrest warrant, is in the custody of police in Georgia. His identity has yet to be officially confirmed. However, if the man is confirmed as Shepherd, extradition proceedings will begin immediately.”