Speedboat killer may fight extradition from custody in Georgia

Jack Shepherd appeared in court in Tbilisi, Georgia on Friday after handing himself in to police on Wednesday.

(CNN)Jack Shepherd, who was found guilty of manslaughter for the death of a woman in a London speedboat accident, has been remanded in custody in Georgia, as his lawyers plan to fight his extradition back to Britain, the UK's Press Association (PA) news agency reported.

Shepherd, 31, appeared in court on Friday in Tbilisi, the capital city of the former Soviet republic. After fleeing Britain in March 2018, he was found guilty in July of manslaughter by gross negligence and sentenced to six years in prison in his absence, before spending spent months on the run as the subject of international arrest warrants.
The British web designer surrendered himself at a Tbilisi police station on Wednesday, according to the Georgian embassy in London. Shepherd did not request bail at Friday's hearing and will remain in custody in Georgia for three months, PA reported.
    He now faces extradition requests to the UK over the December 2015 death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown, who was killed after being thrown from a speedboat into the River Thames while on a first date with Shepherd.
    The court also heard Friday that Shepherd intends to contest his extradition. His defense lawyers argued against the proceedings, citing European convention rulings that ban extraditions if the life of an individual is in imminent danger, PA reported. The defense said Shepherd had been warned in a phone call that his life might be in danger if he returned to UK jails.
    The lawyers also argued that UK courts had never considered Shepherd's psychological state, saying he is alcohol-dependent and has suffered from suicidal depression.
    CNN has contacted Shepherd's lawyers for comment.
    Shepherd did not request bail at the hearing and will remain in custody for three months while extradition requests proceed.
    Shepherd told the court of his remorse at Brown's death and missing his trial in London.
    "The decision to go out on the boat is my greatest regret. Not a single day passes when I don't think about the loss of Charlotte's life," he said, according to PA. "Some time after the accident I got suicidally depressed about what had happened."
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