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Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd ‘may contest extradition’ to UK | UK News



British fugitive Jack Shepherd may contest efforts to have him extradited, his lawyer has told Sky News.

The 31-year-old surrendered at a police station in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on Wednesday, six months after he was convicted of killing Charlotte Brown, 24, during first date riding a speedboat on the River Thames.

She died after the speedboat overturned during the night out in December 2015 – and Shepherd was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and sentenced to six years in prison in his absence.

Fugitive Jack Shepherd arrested in Georgia

The Crown Prosecution Service has said it is drafting an extradition request to bring Shepherd back to the UK from the ex-Soviet state, but – according to his lawyer – the web designer is considering fighting that bid.

Tariel Kakabadze said his client believed he was innocent and that it was wrong to criticise someone for “trying to protect himself” after Shepherd vanished ahead of his trial at the Old Bailey last July – sparking an international manhunt.

Undated handout file photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Charlotte Brown. Web developer Jack Shepherd has been found guilty of killing her in a speedboat accident on the Thames. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 26, 2018. Web designer Jack Shepherd had been trying to impress 24-year-old Charlotte Brown after meeting her on dating website OkCupid. But their champagne-fuelled first date ended in tragedy when his boat capsized and she was thrown into the cold river in Decem
Shepherd was convicted of killing Charlotte Brown

He said: “Many people have opinions which are not based on facts. Every person who is blamed of a crime has the right to efficient and good legal help.

“Criticising somebody for protecting himself is not right. He believes that he is innocent.

“As a lawyer, I believe that evidence is what we should make the decisions on. The judges should not be interrupted and they should not feel pressure from people, from politicians.

“Judges should be left to make objective decisions. Judges are the only people who should make the final decision about the case.”

Shepherd appeared to smile at Georgian TV cameras
Shepherd appeared to smile at Georgian TV cameras

Earlier, Mr Kakabadze said it could be “some time” before Shepherd, from Exeter, returns to the UK, but said he may go before a court in Tbilisi as early as Thursday or Friday.

“Extradition doesn’t happen in one or two days,” he said.

“All the documents will need to be translated, many things will need to be made ready.

“Depending on what evidence they show us, it might be very soon or it might be several months.”

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