London (CNN)The family of a woman who died in a speedboat accident in London while on a first date have spoken of their relief that the man responsible has been arrested.
Jack Shepherd, 31, handed himself in to police in Georgia, a former republic of the Soviet Union, on Wednesday, according to the country's embassy in London. The British web designer, who has spent months on the run, was found guilty last July of Charlotte Brown's manslaughter by gross negligence and sentenced to six years in prison in his absence.
Shepherd, who fled the UK while on bail awaiting trial at London's Old Bailey criminal court, was subject to international arrest warrants. He surrendered at a police station in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
Efforts to extradite him back to Britain are now underway, according to the country's Home Secretary, Sajid Javid. He told the UK's Press Association (PA) news agency that it is "vital Charlotte Brown's family see justice done."
A spokesman for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office said in a statement to CNN: "We thank the Georgian Police for their efforts and co-operation. We can confirm a British man has been detained in Georgia. We are working closely with the local authorities." CNN has also contacted Shepherd's lawyers in Georgia, the UK Home Office and Crown Prosecution Service.
Brown, 24, who was known to friends and family as Charlie, was killed while on a first date with Shepherd in December 2015. He had taken her out on his speedboat on the River Thames after drinking large amounts of wine and champagne.