Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd to 'enjoy cushy life in Georgian jail with regular visits from his stunning model girlfriend'

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd to 'enjoy cushy life in Georgian jail with regular visits from his stunning model girlfriend'

The 31-year-old is currently being held in Tbilisi’s maximum security Gldani prison as he fights extradition back to the UK.

Shepherd was sentenced in his absence to six years for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown after he went on the run last year.

He evaded justice for ten months before handing himself in.

Sources say he will get special treatment while he is being held because he is British.

He will get visits from his girlfriend Maiko Tchanturidze, 24, a model and TV journalist who is said to have convinced him to turn himself in.

An insider told The Mirror: “He will be free to live as he wants behind bars. Normally people are in rooms with eight or more inmates but Shepherd is in a cell with just a few.

“There is disorder and attacks. But Shepherd will be sheltered from this.

"He’s British and that will mean he’s not attacked. There is a shop where he can buy food and guards will look after him.”

The amateur model sat by his side when he told Georgian TV station that Charlotte's death was a "tragic accident".

Shephard, also married his fiancee two months after he killed his date Charlotte.

TRAGIC ACCIDENT

Although she threw him out after she discovered he was cheating on her.

To make matters worse, it is thought that she was pregnant with his baby at the time – now three she will now have to raise alone.

The amateur model was raised in Kutaisi in the west of Georgia and moved to the capital Tbilis.

She has since worked for Rustavi 2, one of the country's main TV networks.

As well as her journalistic career she also worked at a controversial techno club particularly popular with men in latex  – something Shephard himself was fond of.

He’s British and that will mean he’s not attacked. There is a shop where he can buy food and guards will look after him.

During his time in the country, he created a new life for himself and worked as a computer designer and opened his own Georgian bank account.

It's still unknown how the pair met, but it's thought to have been via internet dating.

Shephard, who is originally from Exeter, Devon, enjoyed lavish holidays on the ski slopes of Georgia whilst he was on the run for 10 months.

He complained in court he had been left suicidal after the crash, with the night in December 2015 when Charlotte died his "greatest regret".

The 31-year-old, who also claimed he was an alcoholic, told the Georgian court: "Not a single day passes when I don’t think about the passing of Charlotte’s life and the effect on her family.

"I wish I’d sat down with Charlotte’s family to explain."

He added: "I know it’s caused them even more suffering and that’s why I handed myself in to draw to a close this horrible accident and the terrible consequences."

The hearing ruled on whether Shepherd remains in custody in Georgia, not on the issue of extradition.

ABANDONED HIS CHILD

Judge Roman Khorava determined he would be held in a special unit for three months in Georgia while the case for extradition was prepared.

Charlotte Brown died when Shepherd's boat hit a log and threw the pair into the Thames in 2015, with the web designer going on the run last year.

But a grinning Shepherd, 31, handed himself into Georgian authorities last week, stating Charlotte's death had been a "tragic accident".

His defence team today argued the Brit should not be extradited to a UK jail after receiving death threats over social media and phone.

Under the European Convention of Human Rights, there should be no extradition if someone is in danger.

This morning, one of his lawyers said Shepherd, who wants to give a statement to UK authorities electronically, wanted to "tell the truth".

They also claimed the UK had no evidence of Shepherd's guilt in the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown.

TELL THE TRUTH

Lawyers argued the Old Bailey trial had found him guilty mainly because he was absent and he could not present his case.

Shepherd, who was helped by a translator, confirmed his date of birth and told Tbilisi City Court he had entered Georgia in March last year – two months after his preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey.

It was alleged Shepherd had fled from the UK to Thailand, Turkey then helped by "contacts" to get to the former soviet country.

Prosecutors added that even if authorities took his passport, Shepherd would try to leave Georgia with potential plans to go to Thailand or Indonesia.

They had asked the judge to extradite Shepherd to the UK and keep him detained in Georgia for three months while the case is processed.

Tariel Kakabadze, Shepherd's lawyer in Georgia, said he would be appealing his conviction, stating: "It's Jack Shepherd's decision not to fight for release on today's court session."

Under Georgian law, he can be detained for up to nine months before extradition.

Shepherd has claimed Tinder date Charlotte Brown, 24, had been at the controls of their boat during a date in London when it crashed on the Thames killing her in 2015.










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