Jack Shepherd from the UK detained in Georgia
24 January, 2019
Jack Shepherd from the UK detained in Georgia
A British man who went on the run last year after killing a woman in a speedboat crash on the River Thames has been detained in the former Soviet state of Georgia - says Reuters. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia detained a British citizen wanted by the UK in Tbilisi. UK citizen Jack Shepherd, born in 1987, arrived at the Vake-Saburtalo Police Division accompanied by his lawyer on January 23, 2019 and handed himself in to police.

Within the
framework of cooperation between the British and Georgian law enforcement agencies, the search for Jack Shepherd was declared through international channels on January 12, 2019.

Jack Shepherd, 31, was convicted in his absence last July of the manslaughter by gross negligence of Charlotte Brown, 24, and sentenced to six years in jail - says Reuters. The incident took place on December 8, 2015.

Jack Shepherd says he was not driving a boat when the accident happened and he has a witness; he denies any connection with the death, - Mariam Kublashvili, a lawyer for Jack Shepherd, a British citizen arrested in Georgia, says.

She said that Jack Shepherd was waiting for the decision of the British Court of Appeal and meanwhile stayed in Georgia.

"This person arrived at our legal bureau yesterday. He said he wanted to give a testimony. According to him, the media is spreading false information by calling him a murderer. He says he was not driving a boat when it overturned and he has a witness. He denies any connection with the death of a person and pleads not guilty.

He legally arrived in Georgia through Turkey in March. He rented a flat in Georgia and had been traveling. Jack Shepherd had consulted his lawyer in the United Kingdom and was waiting for the decision of the Court of Appeal, since they had appealed against the verdict of the jury. He believes that the Court of Appeal will acquit him”, the lawyer said.

Jack Sheffield will be placed in the pretrial detention facility within 48 hours. The court is expected to review his extradition case tomorrow.

Source: Reuters.com, Ipn.ge

Photo courtesy: thetimes.co.uk

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