Sister of Charlotte Brown who died in speedboat crash: ‘The only person Jack Shepherd is thinking of is himself’

Sister of Charlotte Brown: ‘The only person Jack Shepherd is thinking of is himself’

The family of Charlotte Brown, father Graham Brown (left) sister Katie (2nd left) and mother Roz Wickens (right), who died following a speedboat crash. Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The sister of Charlotte Brown, who died after Jack Shepherd’s speedboat flipped during their first date, said that he is only “thinking of himself”.

Shepherd, who has been on the run since before his court date, was arrested in Georgia six months after he was convicted of killing 24-year-old Charlotte Brown during the date on the River Thames.

The web designer was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and sentenced to six years in prison in his absence.

Katie Brown told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “He has never been remorseful and I think the only person Jack Shepherd is thinking of is himself.

“He continues to make comments about his feelings and how he feels hurt by the comments.

“He wants justice for himself but what about justice for Charli? She has lost her life and he has carried on. He has abused the legal system.

“He has not shown any respect for us or Charli. He continues to evade justice.”

While Shepherd was on the run, his lawyers have been working to appeal against the conviction.

On Wednesday night the Crown Prosecution Service announced it was preparing an extradition request to be lodged with Georgian legal authorities.


'In denial' 

Jack Shepherd, who was found guilty of killing his date, Charlotte Brown, in an accident on the Thames. Image: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire.

Ms Brown added that Shepherd was “in denial over his actions”, after he had told reporters outside a police station in Tbilisi that it was a “tragic accident”.

“There is a sense of relief that it is a step in the right direction but the fight continues,” she said.

“His legal team have put out a statement this morning that he will fight for his appeal. I wasn’t actually that surprised because it just shows how he is continuing to not take any responsibility. He is in denial over his actions.”

Speaking to the Press Association, Shepherd's lawyer, Tariel Kakabadze, said he may go before a court in Tbilisi on Thursday or Friday, but suggested it may be "some time" before he returns to the UK.

"Extradition doesn't happen in one or two days. All the documents will need to be translated, many things will need to be made ready," he said.

"Depending on what evidence they show us... it might be very soon or it might be several months."

Ms Brown added: “He is claiming it was an accident and that he is innocent but his actions don’t strike me as the actions of an innocent man. If he feels this way, why did he not turn up to court?

“Why did he give a ‘no comment’ interview when questioned under caution? Instead he ran away, he hid and now - when it suits him – he has come out because really he had no other choice.

“He has never apologised or shown any remorse and as a family I think it would have been the right thing to do – this man is reckless and he needs to be held accountable in court. He was found guilty.”


'Putting people's safety at risk'

Charlotte Brown who died after a speedboat crash. Image: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire. 

Ms Brown said her sister’s death should show how “stricter regulations” are need on the UK’s waterways.

“If anything can come from this, as a family we really want to fight for stricter regulations on our waterways, to stop people like Jack Shepherd going out and buying a speedboat with no licence, no training and no lifejackets,” she said.

“He had a complete disregard for the safety for himself and others. Waterways such as the Thames are getting busier and busier and what is to stop people going out and buying speedboats, causing incidents and putting people’s safety at risk.”

She added: “He needs to take some responsibility and show more dignity. He needs to show some remorse and accept the consequences.

“He needs to accept his sentence and serve it.”