Met police probe ‘clever’ speedboat killer’s network of friends and family who may have bankrolled him as he lived the high life while on the run in Georgia
- Jack Shepherd, 31, had been at large for ten months until he turned himself in
- He lived the high life while abroad despite claiming to be ‘suicidally depressed’
- Web designer was a regular in a local restaurant and visited ski resort in Georgia
- Police probe how he managed stayed on the run with enough financial support
Police are today investigating whether a network of family and friends could have helped speedboat killer Jack Shepherd stay on the run in Georgia.
The 31-year-old had been at large for ten months until he finally turned himself into police in Tbilisi last Wednesday after a Daily Mail campaign for justice.
But Shepherd spent his last few months on the run in a high rise Soviet era block of flats in Tbilisi’s sought after middle class residential area of Saburtalo.
Jack Shepherd (left) has continuted to blame Charlotte Brown (right) for the speedboat accident on the River Thames in London that killed her
He lived the high life while abroad, despite claiming to be ‘suicidally depressed’ amid his claims there was ‘no evidence’ of his guilt at an Old Bailey trial.
The web designer from Devon, was also a regular in a local restaurant, visited a ski resort in Georgia, took skiing lessons and dated women while at large.
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Now, Scotland Yard has vowed to investigate how Shepherd managed to stay on the run with enough financial support for so long, reported the Daily Telegraph.
A force spokesman said: ‘If evidence of assistance is identified, we will submit a file to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision.’
When he appeared at a court in Georgia last Friday, Shepherd tried to dodge extradition by claiming he could be murdered if he is sent back to a British prison.
Shepherd continued to paint himself as the victim, blaming Charlotte Brown for the speedboat accident on the River Thames in London that killed her.
His lawyers argued that ’emotional’ British jurors had made a mistake convicting him because they did not hear his testimony, even though he had fled the UK.
And they indicated they would contest his extradition, claiming Shepherd’s life would be in danger if he was returned to a British jail.
They said that is because Miss Brown’s father Graham, 55, of Sidcup, Kent, works in the Prison Service and had threatened him over the phone.
The speedboat owned by Shepherd who was found guilty of killing his date on the Thames
But Mr Brown, who is a semi-retired Prison Service data analyst, said the fugitive’s claims were a ‘preposterous fabrication’, adding: ‘That phone call did not happen.’
The judge remanded Shepherd in custody at Tbilisi’s high-security jail Gldani #8 for three months, to give both legal teams time to prepare for a full extradition hearing.
Miss Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea, died after plunging into the icy waters of the Thames when Shepherd’s boat crashed during a Champagne-laden date in 2015.
Shepherd went on the run before his trial and jurors convicted him of manslaughter by gross negligence. He was sentenced to six years in jail but remained on the run.
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