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Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd arrives back in UK

Jack Shepherd
Image caption Jack Shepherd told the BBC he regretted going on the run

Jack Shepherd, who was found guilty of killing a woman in a speedboat crash on the River Thames, has arrived in the UK to finish his extradition from Georgia.

He fled before the trial which convicted him of the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown.

Speaking to the BBC on-board a plane at Tbilisi International Airport, Shepherd said he regretted going on the run and did so through "animalistic fear".

He arrived at Gatwick Airport at 21:20 BST.

He was taken from Gatwick by Metropolitan Police officers ahead of his court appearance later.

After months in hiding in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, he handed himself into police in January and was jailed for three months while his extradition was arranged by the British and Georgian authorities.

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Image caption Jack Shepherd was held at a prison in Tbilisi, Georgia, after handing himself in

Speaking in Georgia before he left for the UK, Shepherd said: "I am terribly sorry for my involvement in Charlotte's death and subsequent actions which have made things worse and I'd like to make amends for that.

"I ran for fear. It wasn't premeditated, it was just a case of being driven by an animalistic fear and jumping on a plane with not much of a plan."

Shepherd will be remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

He will then begin his six-year sentence, but he has been granted an appeal against his conviction.

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