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Speedboat killer: I want to go back to UK to fight case

Room 101:
Shepherd’s cell is
dingy but there
are books and a
TV and (below)
heavily padlocked

SPEEDBOAT killer Jack Shepherd is to be sent back to the UK so he can fight his appeal after agreeing to his extradition from Georgia.

A court in Tbilisi yesterday 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.

The 31-year-old (pictured) went on the run last March before his trial but was found guilty in his absence of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison.

He has been granted permission to appeal the conviction.

He had been on a first date with Ms Brown, 24, in December 2015 when his speedboat overturned, plunging her into the Thames in London.

Shepherd handed himself in to police in Georgia in January, where he was given a preliminary three-month jail term on the basis his ‘life would be in danger’ in Britain. Yesterday his lawyer in Georgia, Tariel Kakabadze, said: ‘He is not fighting extradition.’ He previously said Shepherd could return to the UK as early as this week.

Shepherd, a web designer originally from Exeter, is currently being held in dingy three-man cell 101, the same number as the torture chamber in George Orwell’s novel 1984, in a high-security jail in Tbilisi.

A pile of books, including one on philosophy, is stacked on a makeshift shelf propped on a radiator. His belongings include a packet of tea, toiletries and photographs pinned on freshly-painted walls. Shepherd’s bed is a mattress and thin blanket, and the window has heavy iron bars.

Tragic: Charlotte Brown died on a date

But his legal representative Mariam Kublashvili said: ‘He has no complaints. He has access to an English menu and literature. He loves books.’

Shepherd’s lawyers are demanding a cell to himself which is monitored by CCTV and microphones and ‘access to the media’ as conditions for his return to the UK.

Meanwhile, Ms Brown’s father Graham said Shepherd should ‘accept responsibility’ and drop the appeal. He said the family, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, still hoped for justice.