Jack Shepherd was jailed after his Tinder date was killed by a malfunctioning speedboat after drinking. He fled to Georgia and is now in prison after being extradited to Britain
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Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has broken his prison silence to reveal how desperately he misses Georgia, the country he fled to.
He tells his lawyer in Tbilisi how much he enjoyed his stay in the country where he hid during his flight.
In a new documentary screening tomorrow night, further details of Shepherd’s arrest are revealed for the first time.
Lawyer Mariam Kublashvili still claims he is innocent and compared his case to that of the recent shooting on set involving Alex Baldwin.
Shepherd was exposed after fleeing to the former Soviet republic after killing Charlotte Brown on the River Thames in 2015.
Shepherd, from Exeter, Devon, killed Charlotte, 24, from Clacton, Essex, after going to dinner at the Shard Tower in London.
The couple had just met on the dating site Tinder.
They had been drinking when he offered her a ride on his faulty speedboat. He handed him the controls moments before he hit a submerged tree and rolled over, the Old Bailey heard.
Shepherd was pulled alive from the water, but Mrs Brown was found unconscious and unresponsive, having drowned.
He was found guilty of manslaughter through gross negligence in his absence before eventually handing himself over to Georgian authorities to face justice.
Shepherd contacted his attorney to confirm he was cleared to work with the program’s officials. Ms. Kublashvili said in an interview: “He wrote me a letter through the documentary studio. He asked me if I could participate in a documentary they were doing on him.
“He said he all missed Georgia, the country, its mountains and its delicious food. It’s no wonder – Georgia has always been kinder to him than Britain.
Linking the case to the filming of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the US, she adds: ‘I am saying 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 would like to recall the recent tragic incident with actor Alec Baldwin – everyone considers it an accident and no one drags their name through the mud, there is no ‘guilty until proven guilty’ approach. otherwise” as happened in the case of Jack.”
Shepherd, now 33, caused outrage by disappearing and missing his trial.
He is currently serving a six-year sentence after being extradited to Britain.
Kublashvili said, “I understand that the new documentary intends to be objective in its portrayal and storytelling, unlike the media coverage it got when it happened.
“I think it’s unlikely that 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 9 p.m. on ITV2 and ITV Hub