Jack Shepherd, 31, used his boat to woo at least ten women before the fatal trip with Charlotte Brown, 24 (above)
A killer who let his date drown in a speedboat tragedy has won the right to appeal against his conviction and jail sentence – despite being on the run.
Jack Shepherd, 31, used his boat to woo at least ten women before the fatal trip with Charlotte Brown, 24.
He was drunk and the craft was poorly maintained with no lifejackets to hand.
However, he has not served a day of his six-year sentence because he absconded before the start of his Old Bailey trial last July. Miss Brown's father Graham, described the situation as 'incredible, absurd and disgusting'.
The 55-year-old said: 'We all know what happened on the Thames and at the trial, but he's still sticking two fingers up. We thought this absurd appeal would be thrown out immediately.
'We don't know when the court date is yet, but I'll be going to it for sure. The idea that he could get his sentence reduced while he's still on the run is incredible.
'I'll be raising it with [Home Secretary] Sajid Javid when I meet him, as arranged, in a few weeks, and with my MP. I'll also be asking why Shepherd is still at large, what resources are being put into finding him, and whether representations are being made to countries where he may be.'
Mr Brown said police had revealed that Shepherd was abroad but had given no further information.
The family of Charlotte Brown (left to right) father Graham Brown, sister Katie and mother Roz Wicken arriving arriving at the Old Bailey, London, for the manslaughter trial of Jack Shepherd
'They told us initially that he'd flown to Georgia, but I think that was a red herring he'd told relatives and associates so they'd tell the police,' he added.
'It says a lot about the legal system that his legal team can be working to get him an appeal, but don't seem so good at telling him to hand