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Speedboat date manslaughter trial due to begin

Police were called to an incident near London’s Wandsworth Bridge.

A web developer accused of killing his date in a speedboat accident on the River Thames is due to go on trial later.

Police had been called to reports of someone in distress near Wandsworth Bridge in London at around 11.45pm on December 8 2015.

Charlotte Brown, 24, a business development consultant from London known as Charli, died in hospital after both she and Jack Shepherd, 30, ended up in the river.

Shepherd, of Paddington, west London, is charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.

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Jack Shepherd, 30, is charged with manslaughter after his date Charlotte Brown died in a Thames boating incident (Steve Parsons/PA)

The charge alleges that on December 9 2015, he unlawfully killed Miss Brown at Butlers Wharf, in Wandsworth.

Shepherd’s trial is to be heard at the Old Bailey before Judge Richard Marks QC and is being prosecuted by Aftab Jafferjee QC.

The case is scheduled to go on for up to four weeks.

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