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Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has been sentenced to six months in prison for going on the run after being convicted of the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown.

The 31-year-old had already been sentenced to six years in jail for Ms Brown’s death. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Katie Brown and her father Graham outside the Old Bailey
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Katie Brown and her father Graham spoke to reporters outside the Old Bailey

Speaking outside the Old Bailey afterwards, Ms Brown’s sister Katie broke down as she made a statement.

Shepherd’s “lack of respect and decency continues to astound us”, she told reporters.

Her father, Graham, said that while there was a “sense of relief”, Shepherd had shown “no remorse and he hasn’t taken any responsibility for the dreadful actions he caused that night”.

Shepherd had been “cowardly” and “selfish”, Judge Richard Marks QC said.

Jack Shepherd turned himself in to a police station in Tbilisi in January
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Jack Shepherd turned himself in to a police station in Tbilisi in January


Jack Shepherd said he regrets not speaking to the family of Charlotte Brown sooner



Shepherd: Running away ‘a mistake’

Shepherd, who returned to the UK on Wednesday, was convicted in his absence of killing Ms Brown during a champagne-fuelled first date on London’s River Thames in December 2015.

It is believed his defective speedboat overturned after striking a submerged log, throwing Ms Brown, 24, into the icy water.

Shepherd spent 10 months on the run, but turned himself in to a police station in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in January.

Katie Brown (centre) said it appeared that Shepherd was in 'denial'
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Katie Brown (centre) said it appeared that Shepherd was in ‘denial’

His lawyer, Andrew McGee, said Shepherd was “overwhelmed by his fear” of a prison sentence and wished to apologise to Ms Brown’s family.

Mr McGee told the court: “It was motivated entirely by a fear of the possible outcome of proceedings.

“He was terrified by the prospect of a prison sentence and he remains terrified by that prospect.

“It was not deliberately callous or cavalier. It was not cynical or calculated.”

Officers from the Metropolitan Police are escorting Shepherd on the flight
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Officers from the Metropolitan Police escorted Shepherd on the flight back

During his flight back to Britain, Shepherd told reporters he was “trying to make amends”.

He added: “There really have been some complete untruths, in particular this idea that I let her drown, that I did nothing to help her – this could not be further from the truth.”

The judge told Shepherd that his was an “exceptional case”, and that in making a “conscious, deliberate and considered decision” to go on the run he had “hugely added to the distress of Charlotte’s family who could not have known when, if at all, you would be apprehended, you the person who had spent the last hours of her life with their beloved daughter and sister”.

Shepherd was placed in a secure cell ahead of the extradition
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Shepherd was placed in a secure cell ahead of the extradition

He added: “Your conduct in absenting yourself from justice for so long was as cowardly as it was selfish.”

The judge also presided over Shepherd’s trial, which began last June, and noted that Shepherd had been in contact with his lawyers from his “hideaway” during those proceedings.

“I was presented by your counsel with a detailed statement from you,” the judge said.

“You were, in effect, having your cake and eating it.

“This is not how our system of justice is intended to operate.”

Uniformed officers led Shepherd in cuffs ahead of the extradition
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Uniformed officers led Shepherd in cuffs ahead of the extradition

Katie Brown said outside court that the family was “relieved that Jack Shepherd is now back in the country and commencing his prison sentence”.

She added: “It’s a step closer to justice for Charlie.

“Shepherd has continued to prolong our agony, making wild accusations against our family.

“I feel throughout the whole process that he continues to be in denial of any kind of responsibility, as though he’s almost convinced himself he’s the victim.”

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