Man wanted in UK arrested in Georgia

 Man wanted in UK arrested in Georgia

A fugitive who was convicted of killing a woman in a speedboat crash on the Thames has been arrested in Georgia.

Jack Shepherd, 31, was sentenced in his absence to a six-year jail term for the manslaughter by gross negligence of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown. Police issued an arrest warrant after he failed to attend his trial at the Old Bailey in July.

Georgia’s embassy in London said he surrendered himself to police, after Ms Brown’s family increased their calls for him to return to face justice.

Shepherd and Ms Brown met on the dating website OkCupid and were on their first date when they were involved in a speedboat crash on 8 December 2015. Shepherd had taken her for a meal at the Shard before suggesting they take a late-night boat ride past the Houses of Parliament, the Guardian reported.

The boat hit a submerged log near Wandsworth Bridge and capsized, flinging Ms Brown into the river. Shepherd was rescued after being found clinging to the upturned hull. Ms Brown was found unconscious and unresponsive. A postmortem found she died from cold water immersion.