Speedboat crash victim’s family demand answers about fugitive killer

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The family of a woman who died in a speedboat crash will demand answers from the Home Secretary about what is being done to catch her fugitive killer.

Charlotte Brown’s relatives will meet Sajid Javid on Tuesday to seek assurances that everything possible is being done to bring on-the-run Jack Shepherd to justice.

The 31-year-old web designer vanished before his Old Bailey trial where he was sentenced in absence to six years in prison for manslaughter by gross negligence in July last year.

Ms Brown, 24, was killed when the boat he bought to “pull women” flipped into the cold River Thames during a champagne-fuelled first date in December 2015.

Her father, Graham Brown, mother Roz Wickens and sister Katie, will meet Mr Javid to push him for details about finding the fugitive.

Mr Brown said: “Jack Shepherd has stolen a beautiful life and needs to atone for his crass and reckless actions.

“If it wasn’t for this our lovely Charlotte would still be here.

“We want to hear from the home secretary on what action is being taken to bring Shepherd to justice.

“We also want to know that this operation will be fully resourced until he is found and put behind bars.”

They will ask what current lines of inquiry are open and what resources have been made available to police, including through the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The family also want to know what can be done to gain digital forensic evidence from Shepherd’s contact with his lawyer, as this could help pinpoint his location, they said.

Richard Egan, Shepherd’s lawyer, has refused to reveal where he is and helped him to appeal against the conviction while he was on the run, denying he is “protecting a fugitive”.

Ms Brown’s family accused Shepherd of making a mockery of justice in December when Mr Egan was given permission to challenge his client’s conviction, sparking public anger.

Since Shepherd failed to show up for his three-week trial at the Old Bailey in July there have been several uncorroborated theories as to where he is.

The latest claims place Shepherd in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he is believed to have been since March and has not left.

Other sightings have allegedly been in Turkey and Thailand.

James Brokenshire, the family’s MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, who arranged the meeting, said: “In seeking this meeting for the family I want to ensure that the full efforts of our law enforcement agencies are being used to arrest Shepherd.

“It is unacceptable that Charlotte’s family still have not seen the justice they rightly deserve.

“There can be no hiding place for this man and we must be utterly resolute in seeing that Shepherd pays for his crime.”

(c) Sky News 2019: Speedboat crash victim’s family demand answers about fugitive killer

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