SPEEDBOAT killer Jack Shepherd got £93,000 in taxpayer-funded legal aid despite skipping his trial and going on the run.
Charlotte Brown, 24, died when his faulty boat flipped at speed on the Thames in London in 2015.
Charlotte Brown, 24, died when Jack Shepherd’s faulty boat flipped at speed on the Thames[/caption]
Shepherd appealed the conviction of manslaughter from his hideout[/caption]
Web designer Shepherd, 30, got six years for manslaughter in July.
He remains at large despite a manhunt and £10,000 Sun reward.
Shepherd appealed the conviction from his hideout, thought to be among expats in the Med.
A Freedom of Information request reveals he got £50,642 towards crown court solicitors’ fees, and £42,650 went to Stephen Vullo QC, who was in contact with Shepherd throughout the trial.
Charlotte’s dad Graham, 52, said: “It’s as if he is sticking two fingers up at us all, and the legal system is there to protect him not us.”
A Freedom of Information request reveals Jack got £50,642 towards crown court solicitors’ fees[/caption]
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Mr Brown, from Sidcup, Kent, has also launched a £10,000 claim for civil damages, saying: “It’s not about the money for us. I just want to make life that little bit harder for Shepherd if he ever returns to the UK and tries to get credit.”
Tory David Davies added: “This individual is thumbing his nose at justice.”
Charlotte’s family are campaigning to overhaul waterways laws. Sign the petition at petition.parliament.uk/petitions/226218
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