Jack Shepherd is set to be extradited back to Britain from Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday. He could be given an extra jail term of up to a year as punishment for absconding in 2015
Fugitive speedboat killer Jack Shepherd is finally set to face British justice this week.
He is due to be extradited from Georgia to the UK on Wednesday.
Shepherd, 31, could then be brought before an Old Bailey judge on Thursday.
It will be the first time the family of Charlotte Brown, 24, who died when his speedboat flipped on the River Thames, will have a chance to look him in the eye since he went on the run.
The judge is expected to send him straight to a London prison to belatedly start his six-year sentence for her death on their first date.
He could also be given an extra jail term of up to a year as punishment for absconding.
On Wednesday evening, he is due to be flown into London Gatwick aboard a Georgian Airways flight, according to sources in the capital Tbilisi.
As a convicted killer, he is likely to be escorted by at least two guards as he will be seated among paying passengers aboard the five-hour commercial airline flight.
Miss Brown died in December 2015 as drunken Shepherd was showing off in his defective speedboat on their first date, tearing up the Thames before the craft overturned in the darkness.
The web designer fled to Georgia in March last year, a few months before his manslaughter trial. The new father abandoned his wife and young child to try to start a new life in the former Soviet republic. His Old Bailey trial went ahead in his absence in July and he was found guilty.
Victim: Charlotte Brown, 24, died after a speedboat crash on the Thames, Jack Shepherd was found guilty of her death at the Old Bailey
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of the speedboat owned by Web designer Shepherd who has been found guilty of killing his date, Charlotte Brown
Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd (pictured) is expected to be sent to a prison in London to belatedly start his six-year sentence
The fugitive sparked public outrage by appealing his conviction from his hideaway, via his London lawyers – and in a further monstrous injustice British taxpayers had to fork out because he got legal aid to fund it.
In January, the Daily Mail launched a worldwide campaign to track him down, and within a month Shepherd handed himself in – complaining our coverage had been ‘very hurtful’ and he wanted to set the record straight.
He has been locked up in Gldani No.8 prison, in Tbilisi, for 10 weeks while he fought against being extradited.
He finally threw in the towel last week by accepting to a judge that he had no option but agree to be returned.
Shepherd, originally of Exeter, also faces a separate charge for allegedly glassing a barman in a Devon hotel in March, just days before he absconded.
He was due to appear at Newton Abbott Magistrates’ Court on June 6, last year, to face an accusation of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
But by that time, he was on the run in ‘beautiful, affordable’ Georgia, where he worked as a web designer in the capital Tbilisi, learnt to ski and found a glamourous new girlfriend, Maiko Tchanturidze, 24, who is the same age as Miss Brown when she died.
Asked about Shepherd’s return to the UK, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘We are not giving a running commentary.’