TBILISI, DFWatch–Jack Shepherd, 31, a UK national who was sentenced to six years in jail last July for the unintentional killing of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown, surrendered to police in Tbilisi, Georgia where he has been hiding for months.
Prior to his surrender, Shepherd gave an interview to the Georgian TV station Rustavi 2 in which he claimed that the media had framed him. He denies the charges according to which he was driving a boat under the influence of alcohol and says Charlotte Brown was at the wheel at the time of the accident, not him.
He says he had to go into hiding due to the ‘influence’ of the girl’s father, who is a high ranking official in the British penitentiary system.
Shepherd now faces extradition under current diplomatic agreements between Georgia and the UK.
The tragedy occurred on 8 December 2015. After meeting on the dating website OkCupid, Shepherd took Charlotte Brown on a date. He then took the girl on trip with a speedboat, but the boat ran into branches in the water near Wandsworth Bridge at night. Both were thrown off the boat.
When they were rescued, the girl was unconscious and unresponsive. A post-mortem examination found she died from cold water immersion.