‘This shows just how outrageous our justice system is’: Family of speedboat tragedy victim furious after learning murderer Jack Shepherd will be released EARLY as they say he has shown no ‘remorse’
- Jack Shepherd received a fixed sentence of six years for manslaughter
- Charlotte Brown’s family is ‘devastated’ that she will likely be released in January
Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd is to be released after serving half his sentence for the champagne accident that killed Charlotte Brown.
Shepherd, 34, received a determined prison sentence of six years after being convicted of grossly negligent manslaughter following the death of 24-year-old Ms. Brown.
She died when the boat she and Shepherd were on crashed into the Thames in December 2015. The couple were on their first date on their boat when it hit an obstacle and they were both thrown into the freezing water.
his father told him Sun that his family is “devastated” that Shepherd is likely to be released in January and has criticized the UK’s criminal justice system as “outrageous”.
Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd (pictured) is to be released after serving half his sentence for the champagne accident that killed Charlotte Brown.
Charlotte Brown (pictured) died when the boat she and Shepherd were on crashed into the Thames in December 2015. The couple were on their first date on their boat when it hit an obstacle and they were both thrown into the freezing water.
Graham, Ms Brown’s father, told the newspaper the family will “never get over” what happened to their daughter, who would have turned 31 this month.
He said: ‘Pastor has shown no remorse.
“This shows how scandalous our criminal justice system is.”
Shepherd last year was transferred to a category A prison where he will serve the remainder of his sentence along with sarah everardFormer police officer murderer of Wayne Couzens and other notorious inmates.
He was being held at HMP Frankland in County Durham. Among the other prisoners in the jail were Soham killer Ian Huntley and serial killer Levi Bellfield.
Shepherd had fled Britain after being charged with the manslaughter of Mrs Brown and was sentenced to six years in prison in his absence.
The fugitive eventually turned himself in to Georgian police after an international manhunt broke out and the Daily Mail offered a £25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
In July 2020, Shepherd had 78 days reduced from his 10-year prison sentence due to time spent awaiting extradition after fleeing the UK to Georgia.
Three appellate judges said the 78 days Shepherd spent in custody pending extradition in Georgia should be counted as part of the prison sentence he is serving.
Ms Brown’s family is “devastated” that Shepherd is likely to be released in January and has criticized the UK’s criminal justice system as “outrageous”. Pictured: Shepherd’s speedboat
Shepherd’s trial in July 2018 heard how she had bought the 1980s Gumtree boat and tried to impress other women with it.
But his first date with Mrs. Brown ended in tragedy when the 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO, which was riddled with defects, struck a log and capsized, hurling them into the river near Wandsworth Bridge.
He later sparked outrage by launching an appeal against the conviction while on the run in Georgia, and was awarded funding to do so.
After spending ten months on the run, Shepherd was finally extradited and ordered to serve six years and six consecutive months for skipping his bail in April 2019.
The web designer later admitted to hitting a waiter over the head with a bottle of vodka at a hotel in Devon and received four more years.
In 2019, Shepherd was transferred to a different high-security prison after being bullied by other inmates.
He was transferred for his own safety to HMP Woodhill, near Milton Keynes.
A Justice Ministry source told The Sun that Shepherd “kept his head down and served his time in silence.”
The informant alleged that the convict knows that his case will not have to go to a Parole Board because he has a certain sentence.
“If he behaves, then there is no reason to keep him in jail beyond his halfway point,” the source said. He will be free to just walk out the door.