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Speedboat which capsized killing a woman on first date is taken to court as manslaughter trial continues

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Speedboat which capsized killing a woman on first date is taken to court as manslaughter trial continues.

Web designer Jack Shepherd bought the red 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO from Gumtree to “pull women”, the Old Bailey has heard.

Speedboat which capsized killing a woman on first date is taken to court as manslaughter trial continues

A speedboat which capsized, killing a young woman on a first date, has been taken to the Old Bailey to be inspected by jurors.

Web designer Jack Shepherd bought the red 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte GTO from Gumtree to “pull women”, the court has heard.

In December 2015, he had been trying to impress Charlotte Brown, 23, with a trip past the Houses of Parliament after a meal at The Shard.

But after he handed her the wheel on their return journey, the boat hit a log and capsized, pitching the pair into the cold water of the River Thames.

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Shepherd, 30, who is originally from Exeter, is on trial in his absence charged with Miss Brown’s manslaughter by gross negligence, which he denies.Speedboat which capsized killing a woman on first date is taken to court as manslaughter trial continues

The prosecution allege that the 75-horsepower vessel, which had been moored beside Shepherd’s houseboat in Hammersmith, had a number of defects and was speeding before the crash.

As the trial resumed on Monday, Judge Richard Marks QC told jurors: “The boat has been brought to the court and is downstairs in the car park. At some point this morning we will go downstairs so you can see it.”

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Port authority surveyor Andrew Thomas compiled a report on the speedboat after it was taken to the Marine Police Station in Wapping.

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Mr Thomas pointed out that the four-person vessel had impact damage to the starboard bow. More form Mirror

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