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Sunday 21 April 2019

VIDEO: Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd appears in Tbilisi court

By Sam Blewett, Press Association

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd is set to return to the UK so he can fight his appeal after agreeing to be extradited from Georgia. A court hearing in Tbilisi was told that Shepherd wished to return so he can take part in an attempt to overturn his conviction over the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown.

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd is set to return to the UK so he can fight his appeal after agreeing to extradition from Georgia.

A court hearing in Tbilisi on Tuesday was told that Shepherd wishes to return so he can take part in an attempt to overturn his conviction over the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown.

Shepherd fled the UK while facing trial. He had been on a first date with Ms Brown when his speedboat overturned, plunging her into the icy water of the River Thames in London.

The 31-year-old was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in jail in his absence, but he has been granted permission to appeal the conviction.

His lawyer in Georgia, Tariel Kakabadze, told the Press Association: "He is not fighting extradition."

No date has been set yet for Shepherd's appeal hearing.

The family of Ms Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, have fought a battle for justice following her death in December 2015.

Shepherd, a web designer originally from Exeter, has been detained in a Tbilisi prison after he handed himself in to the authorities last month.

Ahead of the latest court hearing, Mr Kakabadze had estimated that Shepherd could return to the UK as early as this week.

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