Po­lice have no idea if speed­boat killer Shep­herd has left coun­try

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Robert Men­dick and Vic­to­ria Ward

DE­TEC­TIVES have been un­able to learn if “speed­boat killer” Jack Shep­herd ever left the coun­try, Scot­land Yard has ad­mit­ted.

Po­lice have told The Sun­day Tele­graph they have no way of know­ing whether Shep­herd ab­sconded abroad be­cause there is no sim­ple method for check­ing if a Bri­ton leaves the coun­try.

De­tails of when a per­son en­ters and leaves the coun­try are, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, not stored on a sin­gle data­base that can be searched by of­fi­cers in the hunt for a miss­ing per­son.

Shep­herd, 31, re­mains on the run, hav­ing been con­victed in his ab­sence of killing Char­lotte Brown, 24, after he took her out on his speed­boat on the Thames on their first date.

He had been drink­ing heav­ily when his speed­boat, trav­el­ling at twice the le­gal speed limit, hit a sub­merged log and cap­sized.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokesman said: “We have no idea if he is in the coun­try or not ... we can­not be cer­tain. If there were more of­fi­cers on the case, we might be able to do some­thing. If this was a counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tion, we might be able to do some­thing.

“Nor­mally it is rel­a­tively easy be­cause we have a fairly good case of know­ing when a per­son left and where from. But in this case, the time frame is a wide one of many months and that is harder.”

Shep­herd went miss­ing in March last year after be­ing ar­rested for griev­ous bod­ily harm over an in­ci­dent in a pub in his home town in More­ton­hamp- stead in Devon. He then failed to show up for the trial in July over the death of Miss Brown but was jailed in his ab­sence for six years for man­slaugh­ter by gross neg­li­gence. Miss Brown died in De­cem­ber 2015 but it took al­most three years for the case to come to court.

Shep­herd kept his pass­port de­spite be­ing charged with man­slaugh­ter and would have been able to leave the coun­try le­git­i­mately. But there is no cen­tral data­base to make the sim­ple check.

Po­lice have de­clined to throw more re­sources at the man­hunt.

Gra­ham Brown, 55, Miss Brown’s father, said: “The fault is with the sys­tem. It is not set up to in­ves­ti­gate an ab­scon­der.”

The Tele­graph dis­closed last week how Shep­herd had ob­tained £50,000 in cash after tak­ing out loans from banks and in­ter­net lenders in the months after Miss Brown’s death and then de­faulted on the loans in Septem­ber 2016.

Jack Shep­herd, 31, has been on the run since March when he was found guilty in his ab­sence of man­slaugh­ter

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