SPEEDBOAT killer Jack Shepherd has said he considered marrying his victim Charlotte Brown — a claim dismissed by her father as a cynical ploy to win sympathy.
The convicted offender, fighting extradition after fleeing to Georgia, insisted he had been serious about the 24-year-old even though he only met her on the night she died.
His lawyer Mariam Kublashvili told the Sunday Mirror: ‘He said to me “I wanted with this girl a future, a family and maybe she will be my wife”. He said it was new and was the first date, but added “we had communication before and I saw it as serious”.’
Graham Brown, from Sidcup, south London, pointed out Shepherd (above) got married to his long-term girlfriend two months after Charlotte died in December 2015. The grieving dad, 55, added: ‘He was so serious about my daughter that he went out and married another woman.
‘My daughter would have soon got the measure of Shepherd.
‘It was a first date, my daughter had been in a long-term relationship for four years. She was too smart and would soon have seen through him. He’s trying everything to avoid the fact he’s got a six-year sentence waiting for him here.’
Charlotte, from Clacton in Essex, died after Shepherd, 31, took her out on the Thames in London at night as part of a seduction routine.
His poorly maintained boat was breaking the speed limit before it capsized — probably as a result of hitting a log — and the pair were both thrown into the water.
After going on the run, he was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence in July and handed himself in to Georgian authorities last week. He has been granted the right to appeal against his conviction by the UK courts.