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Trial date set over death of Welling's Charlotte Brown in River Thames speedboat accident

PUBLISHED: 13:20 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:20 15 November 2017

Charlotte Brown

Charlotte Brown

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Miss Brown died in December 2015

A man will go on trial next year accused of killing a woman in a speedboat accident on the Thames while they were on a date.

Charlotte Brown, 24, known as Charli, died in hospital after she and Jack Shepherd, 30, ended up in the river.

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

Shepherd, of Paddington, west London, appeared at the Old Bailey charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.

The charge alleges that he unlawfully killed Miss Brown, who was from Welling, at Butlers Wharf, Wandsworth.

The defendant, who is on unconditional bail, did not enter a plea during a hearing before Judge Rebecca Poulet QC.

Dressed in a dark suit, he spoke only to confirm his identity, date of birth and British nationality.

Shepherd, who previously lived in Bristol, is due to face a three-week trial at the Old Bailey on July 2.

A further plea and case management hearing was fixed for January 19.

Miss Brown, a business development consultant, was described as “caring and fun-loving” by her family.

Members of her family sat in court for the brief hearing.

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