Dad makes desperate plea for ‘speedboat killer’ to be found after daughter’s death

The father of a woman killed in a speedboat incident has called for the "killer" to receive justice.

Charlotte Brown was killed in a speedboating accident when on a date with James Shepherd, who is believed to have taken many girls on his boat and was caught speeding and drink driving the vehicle.

But when James’ trial started he was convicted of manslaughter despite being absent fro mthe courts, and he is still nowhere to be found and has not served even a day in prison.

Now, he is able to appeal his conviction despite having served no prison time, and Charlotte’s father Graham and sister Vicky Coles are calling for him to be tracked down and to serve his time.

Dad makes desperate plea for 'speedboat killer' to be found after daughter's death

The speedboat owned by web designer Jack Shepherd
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Dad makes desperate plea for 'speedboat killer' to be found after daughter's death

Jack in a police interview after Charlotte’s death
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Graham told Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: "We can’t forget through all this, the heartbreaking gap in our lives, and it’s just been absolutely terrible for us to come to terms with losing Charlotte – we won’t.

"But to have this man responsible for taking this beautiful life is absolute outrageous, and to be able to have tax payer money to fund his legal aid…"

He is said to have used £100,000 of legal aid despite having absconded, and may use the same means to put forward his legal aid.

Graham continued: "It’s been well documented through the trial just how negligent Jack Shepherd was. He had no regard for the law or safety and not just Charlotte’s safety but any user on the Thames.

Dad makes desperate plea for 'speedboat killer' to be found after daughter's death

Charlotte Brown
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Dad makes desperate plea for 'speedboat killer' to be found after daughter's death

Graham and Vicky Coles
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"It’s been well documented he was drunk, he was speeding… the state of the boat was terrible. Charlotte had never been on a speedboat, she would have put her trust in him… she had no idea Jack Shepherd would go full throttle."

Graham said they turned up to the first day of the trial and were told he went "absent," but the trial continued without him, and Graham said he was communicating with his legal team via email and messengers throughout.

When asked to describe her sister, an emotional Vicky said: "It’s always the hardest question – she was just a genuinely lovely girl that would make friends wherever she went.

"She was always caring, sensitive, driven to try and get a good career, and she would just always give you the time of day. She was funny, we would always have a laugh.

Dad makes desperate plea for 'speedboat killer' to be found after daughter's death

Graham Brown on GMB
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"I think he definitely needs to be held accountable and getting convicted of manslaughter, we thought we were getting close to that but they as he’s never come back to serve a day, we just find it unfathomable."

Graham added he was shocked at the "abuse" of taxpayer’s money, due to the amount Jack has used for legal representation, and he added that his family has not spoken out to wish the Browns any condolences.

He continued: "The silence from his family is absolutely deafening. We haven’t had any communication, not even a word of empathy or condolence. It’s just appalling that no-one from his friends or family…

"They need to examine their conscience and do the right thing."

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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