|The Old Bailey
|Aftab Jafferjee QC
Jack Shephers allegedly purchased a speedboat as a way to 'Pull women'.
Shepherd had entertained up to 10 different women on the 1980s red, 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO boat that he bought from selling site, Gumtree.
28-year-old Jack Shepherd started dated Charlotte Brown after matching on dating app OKCupid.
8th December 2015, the two went for dinner at Oblix restaurant on the 32nd floor of London's Shard. They both consumed a fair bit of alcohol.
They then went back to Shepherd's houseboat, 10-miles away in Hammersmith, west London, by taxi, where they drank more alcohol. During the evening, Shepherd told Charlotte he had a speedboat. He then offered her a ride on the boat.
A champagne fulled journey on his speedboat saw the boat crash into a log on the river Thames, in London, the boat capsized, throwing Charlotte into the freezing water near Wandsworth Bridge. Charlotte was pulled from the water unconscious and unresponsive, Shepherd was unharmed.
Shepherd was originally questioned as a witness.
A post-mortem examination found Charlotte died from cold water immersion.
February 2016, nine weeks after Charlotte's death, Shepherd got married, and moved to Wales, and had a baby son in November 2016.
September 2017, his Welsh life did not last long as he was charged with manslaughter.
pleading guilty at the Old Bailey in January 2018.
January 2018, Shepherd pleaded guilty to manslaughter at The old bailey.
In between that first appearance in court and disappearing, Shepherd attacked ex-soldier David Beech at a Devon pub. He blamed the stress of his marriage breakdown and 'grief' over Charlotte's death for the attack.
March 2018, aware that he may be convicted, and get a custodial sentence, Shepherd skipped bail, and fled to the Ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia.
May 2018, he told his legal team he would not be turning up to the trial in relation to Charlotte's manslaughter, the defence failed to notify the court.
3rd July 2018, trial opens at the Old Bailey in London, Shepherd was not present, the defense telling the judge they did not know where Shepherd was. It was revealed later that Shepherd was getting daily updates about his trial from his legal team.
26th July 2018, The jury heard the boat was speeding at more than twice the limit when it capsized, and also had a number of major defects, including faulty steering.
The jury found Shepherd guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence by a majority of 11-1.
January 2019, Shepherd surrendered himself to Georgia police and was extradited from Georgia to the UK. He finally faced sentencing for manslaughter, being handed six-years in prison.