Jailed ‘Speedboat killer’ breaks silence and moans he misses country he fled to

A man who killed a woman he met on Tinder by offering her a ride on a defective speedboat has complained that he now "misses" the country he fled to in a desperate bid to avoid justice.

Jack Shepherd, 32, from Exeter, Devon, took Charlotte Brown for a ride in the death vehicle on the River Thames in 2015 after the pair went for a meal at The Shard.

The pair were then involved in an accident involving a submerged tree that threw them both into the water only moments after he had handed her the controls.

Shepherd was rescued from the water, but his Tinder date Ms Brown was found unconscious and unresponsive, and died soon afterwards.

The web developer fled to Tbilisi in Georgia shortly after the fatal incident, and was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in his absence at the Old Bailey three years later.

He eventually handed himself in to authorities in the ex-Soviet nation, and is currently serving a six-year sentence after being extradited to the UK.

Now, a new documentary airing on ITV2 tonight will reveal previously unheard details of the case which saw him branded the 'Speedboat killer'.

Speaking to the programme makers, his lawyer Mariam Kublashvili says in an interview: “He wrote me a letter through the documentary filmmaking studio. He asked me whether I could take part in a documentary they were making about him.

“He said he misses Georgia misses us all, the country, its mountains and delicious food. It’s no wonder – Georgia was always kinder to him than Britain.”

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Ms Kublashvili also drew comparison's between Shepherd's conviction and the tragic accidental shooting involving Hollywood actor Alex Baldwin in October that reportedly saw him kill cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

She adds: “I say 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’d like to recall the recent tragic incident with actor Alec Baldwin – everybody considers it an accident and nobody is dragging his name through the mud, there is no “guilty until proven innocent” approach as it happened in Jack’s case.”

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Shepherd was later jailed for an extra four years for attacking a helpless war veteran with a bottle of vodka during a booze-fuelled assault, but had his sentence reduced by three months last year.

He struck the Afghanistan veteran so hard in the face he thought he had been hit with a baseball bat.

Judges decided that the 78 days he spent in custody while awaiting extradition to the UK from Georgia counted as time served.

'The Speedboat Killer: The Killing of Charlotte Brown' airs on Monday and Tuesday this week at 9pm on ITV2 and ITV Hub.

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