AN OKCupid casanova got married and had a kid after killing a woman on their first date while showing off on a speedboat, it can be revealed.
Jack Shepherd, 30, is on the run after he skipped bail before his trial for Charlotte Brown’s death.
The webdesigner was yesterday sentenced to six years behind bars at the Old Bailey after being convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence.
As police launch an international manhunt, it was revealed in court the missing man had married his childhood sweetheart shortly after the tragedy, and now had a two-year-old child.
The relationship has since broken down, The Mirror reported.
Shepherd was this week blasted for his “cowardice” for failing to turn up to court to face justice over the death of Charlotte Brown.
The 30-year-old had been trying to impress his date with a trip past the Houses of Parliament after a boozy dinner at the Shard – and later admitted to cops he did not ask if she could swim.
Charlotte could be heard screaming “you’re going so fast” in her mobile phone video before the crash.
Tragedy struck when Charlotte took the wheel and the boat hit a log and capsized – catapulting the pair into the cold water of the freezing River Thames in December 2015.
Shepherd managed to cling on to the upturned bow and call for help but Charlotte died from cold water immersion.
The jury heard how Shepherd’s speedboat had a number of faults, having bought the red 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO from Gumtree to “pull” women.
His lawyer Stephen Vullo said yesterday: “The reason he had not attended is simply cowardice.
“He could not face the Brown family from the dock and explain to them.
“It’s cowardice, it’s not an affront to them or this court.
“His inability to face the responsibility and the Brown family, knowing how they have suffered, lead him to not attend.”
COWARD ON RUN The Sun is offering £10,000 reward to find on-the-run speedboat killer Jack Shepherd
The show-off, 30, is on the run after he skipped bail before his trial for Charlotte Brown’s death.
Police hunting Shepherd, of Paddington, central London, but originally from Exeter, suspect he may have fled the UK.
His barrister Stephen Vullo QC said “cowardice” stopped him facing her family in court. Charlotte’s mum Roz Wickens, of Clacton, Essex, said: “When he is enjoying himself with his family, I will be “visiting Charlotte’s grave”.
Det Sgt Christopher Davis said: “The family and the police are very grateful for the reward put up by The Sun.”
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Charlotte’s family issued an urgent appeal to Shepherd to hand himself in ahead of his sentencing.
The emotional statement said: “We now appeal to Jack Shepherd, wherever he is in the world, to return and assume the responsibility of his guilt and devastation he has caused by his careless actions that fateful night.
“We appeal to Jack Shepherd’s family and friends to talk to him and urge him to face the consequences of his actions.”
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Investigating officer, DS Christopher Davies from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “Although Shepherd had been drinking excessively he knew what he was doing and was desperate to show off his speedboat in a vain attempt to impress young women.
“He waited for the best tide to modify quicker speeds. He openly offered over the controls of his defective vessel to a girl UN agency had no previous expertise with boats.
“To do that at the hours of darkness, while drinking and driving unpredictably in winter conditions while not providing the rider a life vest or asking if they might swim was a formula for disaster.
“Sadly it did finish in tragedy for Charli. Our thoughts square measure together with her family at this troublesome time.”
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