SMIRKING speedboat killer Jack Shepherd refused a quick extradition to Britain — telling a judge in Georgia: “I wish to decline.”
Shepherd’s lawyer argued the manslaughter charge he was convicted of by an Old Bailey jury would not be recognised in the former Soviet republic — and repeated claims he might be tortured and that his life may be at risk in a UK jail.
Shepherd, 31, was sentenced to six months in his absence for causing Charlotte Brown’s death by negligence in a speedboat accident on the Thames.
The judge said Shepherd must now remain in Georgia until a full extradition trial can take place.
His representative, Mariam Kublashvili, argued the 2015 charge does not apply in Georgia,
Ms Kublashvili told BBC News: “What happened, in the River of Thames, is not a crime by Georgian law.
“If their behaviour which the person made or did not make, is not in Georgian law a crime, the person must be not extradited. He prefers to serve his sentence in Georgia. For him it is better to stay here if it is possible.”She added there was “a serious chance he will be tortured and treated cruelly back in the UK”.
Shepherd claims his life would be in danger in UK jails after he received vile Nazi death threats saying ‘Remember Jo Cox.’
Charlotte, of Clacton, Essex, drowned in the Thames in December 2015 on her first date with Shepherd.
She had gone for a ride in his ageing speedboat after returning from a boozy meal to his houseboat in West London after a £150 meal with two bottles of wine.
SHEPHERD used Bitcoin while a fugitive to fund ski trips, beach breaks and nights out, despite claiming £100,000 legal aid.
He also ran an underground IT firm with staff.
A source said: “Police could trace any bank account in his name so Bitcoin is a perfect solution — and Georgia the perfect place as a major crypto-currency user.”
Georgian police thought he was a hoaxer when he surrendered, as he shares his name with the lead character in TV’s Lost.
Shepherd fled the country but his Old Bailey manslaughter trial convicted him in his absence and sentenced him to six years in jail.
His trial heard he had done the same thing to try to impress around ten other women in previous weeks.
He spent ten months on the run before surrendering to police in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi on Wednesday.
In that time he was allowed to claim nearly £100,000 in legal aid to fight an appeal.
He is paying three lawyers out of his own pocket to fight extradition.
EXTRADITION PROCEEDINGS COULD TAKE 9 MONTHS
Last week, defence lawyers in Georgia said Shepherd should not be extradited because he was warned in a phone call his life might be in danger if he goes to a UK jail.
He also claimed he had been threatened by Charlotte’s dad, a civil servant, who denied the accusation.
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The court heard Shepherd had alcohol dependency and he wanted to conduct the appeal against his conviction from Georgia.
Extradition proceedings could take up to nine months.
Shepherd also faces charges of “glassing” a barman in Devon last March.
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