SPEEDBOAT killer Jack Shepherd wants to explain the crash was "not his fault" to the family of Charlotte Brown, his lawyer has said.
The 31-year-old spent ten months on the run after being convicted of his Tinder date's manslaughter on the Thames – only handing himself into Georgian authorities last month.
6 Jack Shepherd smiled as he handed himself into Georgian authorities last month after going on the run while on trial for Charlotte Brown's death
PA:Press Association6 Charlotte was thrown from the speedboat into the Thames and died in 2015
And his Georgian lawyer Mariam Kublashvili today revealed the web designer regretted his decision not to appear at the Old Bailey trial over the 24-year-old woman's death.
Speaking with Victoria Derbyshire on BBC2, the lawyer claimed his decision to run was "caused by fear".
And she maintained Shepherd was innocent, saying in a message to his victim's family said: "He once said he (wanted to) have an honest conversation with them.
"He wants really to tell them about what he is experiencing and talk about the details of that fateful day.
"He wants to explain that it was not his fault and that he could not prevent what unfortunately has happened."
Shepherd, 31, was convicted of manslaughter in his absence after 24-year-old Charlotte Brown died when his speedboat flipped over in the Thames in 2015.
He was jailed for six years in July – turning himself in last month.
Now, his lawyer Mr Kublashvili said he had suffered from "acute" depression after the crash in 2015 and that he feared for his life after receiving threats if he returned to the UK.
'HE'S NOT A CRIMINAL'
Despite presenter Victoria Derbyshire pointing out Shepherd was a convicted criminal, lawyer Kublashvili argued: "He's not a criminal because he did not want this unfortunate accident to happen."
She also claimed Shepherd had fled to Georgia – a former soviet state – because it was a "safe" and "peaceful" country with "friendly" people.
Ms Kublashvili, who claimed she had been paid a "nominal fee" to represent Shepherd, said: "Georgia has a rich history and maybe he follows this history and he likes it."
Shepherd is currently behind bars in Georgia as he waits for the next hearing over his extradition.
There, he spends his time reading and making bird boxes, his lawyer said.
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Charlotte's family released a statement after the interview, saying: "As a family, we do not wish to be drawn into dialogue with Jack Shepherd or his Georgian legal team, the time and place to do so is in the UK in a court of law
"Jack Shepherd has had ample opportunity to convey his version of events during the evening where we tragically lost Charlie from our lives forever, however, when under police caution or during a 4 week trial at the Old Bailey, he declined to do so
"Charlie will never be returned to us – our only wish is for Jack Shepherd to return to the UK and serve the sentence given to him for his reckless and negligent actions during the evening when Charlie lost her life."
Paul Edwards – The Sun6 Ms Kublashvili speaks to Jack Shepherd in a Georgian court
PA:Press Association6 The young man fled the UK after Charlotte's death
6 Jack Shepherd fled last summer and was convicted of Charlotte's manslaughter after their boat crashed
BB26 Shepherd's Georgian lawyer Mariam Kublashvili said the 31-year-old wanted to explain it was not his fault