Major development in case of speedboat killer Jack Shepherd

Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd could be locked up in a UK jail by the end of the month.

The 31-year-old – currently being held in Tbilisi, Georgia – could face an extradition hearing far earlier than was originally planned.

The UK Government sent extradition papers to Georgian authorities last week.

Shepherd was sentenced in his absence, last year, to six years for the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown on the Thames, in 2015.

He met Charlotte, 24, from Clacton, Essex, online and the pair had a boozy date before heading out on his faulty boat, hitting branches and tipping them into the water.

He fled the UK, but handed himself in to authorities in Georgia, where he had been living, in January.

His next court appearance was expected to have been at the end of April, but could now be at the end of this month.

If prosecutors are successful, Shepherd is likely to be kicked out of Georgia within three days of the hearing, sources told the Mirror.

Prosecutor Irakli Chilingarashvili said the case “satisfies every legal ground for extradition” and “hopefully by the end of the month” Shepherd will be in court.

His defence team said they were “able to delay the process” but that decision was down to Shepherd.

It comes after Shepherd has reportedly written to the family of Charlotte in an attempt to clear his name.

He has now asked Miss Brown’s family for a face-to-face meeting so he can tell them he was not responsible, it is believed.

He scribbled a note from his cell at a Georgian jail in which he wrote he wanted to "look you in the eye and explain everything that happened that tragic evening".

But The Sun claims Miss Brown’s family has snubbed his plea.

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