Jury retires in speedboat death crash trial

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a web designer accused over the death of his date in a speedboat crash.

Jack Shepherd, 30, had been trying to impress 24-year-old Charlotte Brown after meeting her on dating website OkCupid, the Old Bailey heard.

Jack Shepherd is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence (Steve Parsons/PA)

But their champagne-fuelled first date ended in tragedy when his boat capsized on the River Thames in central London and she was thrown into the cold water in December 2015.

Shepherd, 30, originally from Exeter, is being tried in his absence and denies the manslaughter of Ms Brown by gross negligence.

Charlotte Brown died after being thrown into the Thames in the boat crash in December 2015 (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Ms Brown’s parents and sister have attended the trial throughout.

Judge Richard Marks QC sent the jury out to deliberate on its verdict on Friday.

- Press Association

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