Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd moans from prison that he misses the country he fled to


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Jack Shepherd was jailed after his Tinder date was killed by a defective speedboat after they had been drinking. He fled to Georgia and is now in prison after being extradited to Britain

Jack Shepherd at court in Georgia
Jack Shepherd at court in Georgia

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has broken his silence from prison to reveal how desperately he misses Georgia, the country he fled to.

He tells his lawyer in Tbilisi how much he loved his time in the country where he hid while on the run.

In a new documentary being screened tomorrow night, further details of Shepherd’s arrest are disclosed for the first time.

Lawyer Mariam Kublashvili still claims he is innocent and compared his case to that of the recent shooting on a film set involving Alex Baldwin.

Shepherd was denounced after fleeing to the ex-Soviet republic after he killed Charlotte Brown on the River Thames in 2015.

Charlotte Brown was killed in a speedboat accident
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Shepherd, from Exeter, Devon, killed Charlotte, 24, of Clacton, Essex, after they had gone for dinner at London’s Shard tower.

The pair had only just met on dating website Tinder.

They had been drinking when he offered her a joyride on his defective speedboat. He handed her the controls moments before it hit a submerged tree and overturned, the Old Bailey heard.

Shepherd was plucked from the water alive, but Ms Brown was found unconscious and unresponsive, having drowned.

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He was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in his absence before eventually handing himself in to Georgian authorities to face justice.

Shepherd liaised with his lawyer to confirm that he was allowed to work with the programme makers. Ms Kublashvili says in an interview: “He wrote me a letter through the documentary filmmaking studio. He asked me whether I could take part in a documentary they were making about him.

“He said he misses Georgia misses us all, the country, its mountains and delicious food. It’s no wonder – Georgia was always kinder to him than Britain.”

Linking the case to the shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the US, she adds: “I say what I believe to be true to this day: that Jack was wronged, and that I believe he is innocent both as a lawyer and a friend.

“I’d like to recall the recent tragic incident with actor Alec Baldwin – everybody considers it an accident and nobody is dragging his name through the mud, there is no “guilty until proven innocent” approach as it happened in Jack’s case.”

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Shepherd, now 33, caused outrage by vanishing and missing his trial.

He is now serving a six-year sentence after being extradited to Britain.

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Kublashvili said: “I understand the new documentary intends to be objective in their portrayal and narrative, unlike the press coverage he got back when it happened.

“I think it’s unlikely he will return to Georgia but he felt better here and people treated him better even in prison. His Georgian friends would welcome him.”

  • The Speedboat Killer: The Killing of Charlotte Brown, Monday and Tuesday at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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