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Jack Shepherd: Speedboat killer loses appeal against manslaughter conviction | UK News



Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has lost his appeal against his manslaughter conviction.

The 31-year-old was jailed for six years over the death of Charlotte Brown, who was thrown from his boat when it capsized on the River Thames during their first date in December 2015.

Court of Appeal judges rejected his bid to overturn his conviction for manslaughter by gross negligence on Thursday.

Charlotte Brown, 24, died on her first date with Shepherd
Charlotte Brown, 24, died in December 2015

His lawyers argued the conviction was unsafe because some of the evidence at his trial came from an interview during which he was not cautioned or offered a solicitor because of a “mistake” by police.

Shepherd, originally from Exeter, went on the run ahead of his Old Bailey trial and was convicted in his absence in July 2018.

The web designer was later extradited to the UK from Georgia after handing himself in to police in the capital Tbilisi in January.

Jurors at Shepherd’s trial heard that he and Ms Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, had been drinking champagne and went on a late-night jaunt in his boat past the Houses of Parliament.

Shepherd handed the controls to Ms Brown just before it overturned, tipping both of them into the cold water, the court was told.

He was plucked from the Thames alive, but Ms Brown was found unconscious and unresponsive.

Jack Shepherd following his arrest for assault. Pic: Devon and Cornwall police
Shepherd has also been jailed for a drink-fuelled attack on a barman

Following his return from Georgia, Shepherd appeared at the Old Bailey in April and was sentenced to an additional six months for breaching bail.

He was jailed for a further four years at Exeter Crown Court earlier this month after he admitted wounding with intent in relation to a drink-fuelled attack on a barman.

The court heard he struck former soldier David Beech with a vodka bottle on 16 March 2018 after being asked to leave The White Hart Hotel in Newton Abbot, Devon.

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