THE mother of a woman who died in a speedboat crash is due to meet Home Secretary Sajid Javid to ask him to bring her killer to justice.

Jack Shepherd, 31, has been on the run since July when he was convicted of killing 24-year-old Charlotte Brown, from Clacton.

Charlotte died after the boat he had bought to “pull women” flipped into the icy waters of the River Thames during her champagne-fuelled first date with Shepherd in December 2015.

The web designer was sentenced to six years imprisonment after being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence having fled his Old Bailey trial.

Charlotte’s mother Roz Wickens, her father Graham Brown and sister Katie met Mr Javid yesterday to seek assurances everything possible was being done to bring Shepherd to justice.

Mr Brown said: “Jack Shepherd has stolen a beautiful life and needs to atone for his crass and reckless actions.

“If it wasn’t for this, our lovely Charlotte would still be here.

speedboat killer Jack Shepherd
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“We wanted to hear from the Home Secretary on what action is being taken to bring Shepherd to justice.

“We also wanted to know this operation will be fully resourced until he is found and put behind bars.”

The family were expected to ask Mr Javid what action has been taken, what lines of inquiry are open and about the resources available to police.

They also wanted to know what can be done to obtain digital forensic evidence from web designer Shepherd’s contact with his lawyer, which could help to pinpoint his location.


Shepherd’s solicitor Richard Egan has previously denied “protecting a fugitive” despite helping him to appeal against his conviction while on the run.

The BBC reported it has been told “there are records” of Shepherd being in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, although the Met Police and the Home Office declined to comment on his whereabouts.