Wed, 24 Apr 2019

A British man who went on the run last year after his date was killed in a speedboat crash on the River Thames has turned himself in to police in Georgia.

London's Metropolitan Police said on January 23 that they had been informed that Jack Shepherd, 31, was in custody in the South Caucasus country.

'Extradition proceedings will begin immediately' once his identity was confirmed, a statement said.

Georgia's Interior Ministry said Shepherd had come to a police station in Tbilisi with lawyers and turned himself in.

In July 2018, Shepherd was convicted in absentia of the manslaughter by gross negligence of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown and sentenced to six years in prison. An international arrest warrant was later issued.

Georgia's Rustavi-2 television aired an interview with Shepherd late on January 23 in which he maintained his innocence.

Shepherd took Brown on a first date on December 8, 2015, during which the couple dined at a London restaurant before he took her for a ride in a speedboat.

Both were thrown from the boat when it hit floating debris at about midnight.

Shepherd was found clinging to the hull, but Brown was pulled from the water unconscious and died from cold-water immersion.

Prosecutors said he was drunk and that neither he nor Brown was wearing a life jacket.

Shepherd was released on bail, but later failed to show up for his trial in July.

He had reportedly arrived from Istanbul in March 2018 and since lived in Tbilisi.

Based on reporting by the BBC, AFP, AP, and Reuters

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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