Charlotte Brown’s family: ‘Jailing speedboat killer will never give us closure’

Charlotte Brown's family have given an emotional new interview condemning speedboat killer Jack Shepherd for telling "selfish lies" and showing "no remorse".

Charlotte's sister Katie and dad Graham appeared on This Morning today to talk about Shepherd's six-year prison sentence, which has been extended by a further six months since his capture.

Graham battled his emotions as he refused to use the word "closure" and insisted that the pain of his daughter's tragic death in 2015 will never go away despite Shepherd being behind bars.

He said: "I'm just sad for my daughter. Her life has been stolen.

"Whatever the sentence the judge gave, it will not bring Charlotte back.

"I don't like the word closure because the pain is always there somewhere."

However, devastated dad Graham went on to insist the family can now move now that justice has finally been done.

He added: "You get this sense that you can move on and deal with things better"

During the interview, Graham and his daughter Katier insisted that Sherherd's attempts to blame Charlotte – even alleging she was driving the boat at the time of the accident on the Thames – intensified their pain and hindered the grieving process.

Katie said: "Blaming her, it's hindered our greiving. It's made it more difficult every step of the way…

"He as very selfish. There was no remorse. That's what struck us, the lack of empathy."


Charlotte died during a first date with Shepherd in a speed boat accident on the River Thames in London.

He was plucked from the river alive, while Charlotte lost her life.

Shepherd fled before his trial for killing Charlotte, escaping to Georgia, and he was found guilty of manslaughter in absentia and sentenced to six years in jail.

He was extraded  back to Britain on Wednesday night, saying he had acted on "emotion and fear" when he fled the UK and now wants to "make amends".

The judge overseeing the case added six months to his sentence while caging him yesterday.

Shepherd has launched an appeal against his conviction.

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