Jack Shepherd could face further prosecution over claims he used a false identity

Victoria Ward
Jack Shepherd is said to have used the name Jack Grant - AFP

On the face of it Jack Grant appeared to be something of a web genius, with vast experience at companies such as Apple not to mention the directorship of his own digital business.

Yet, as has transpired with many aspects of this sorry tale, nothing was quite as it seemed.

Grant, it is understood, was actually Jack Shepherd, the speedboat killer who compounded his crime by spending ten months on the run in Georgia, accusing his victim’s father of threatening him and vowing to avoid extradition.

This latest twist means the 31-year-old could face fresh prosecution and further jail time over claims he used a false identity in a company set up before he fled the country.

Documents filed with Companies House suggest that Shepherd was operating under the pseudonym for several months in the UK as he sought work after being charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of Charlotte Brown, 24, and his real identity was widely publicised, the Telegraph understands.

It is an offence to file false information on the register and anyone found to have knowingly done so could be jailed for up to two years.

Jack Shepherd in Georgia Credit:  Paul Edwards The Sun

He used the same name in online profiles and also on arrival in Georgia in a bid to live incognito as his Old Bailey manslaughter trial proceeded in his absence.

Shepherd is thought to have been listed as a director of the a web design business, under the name of Grant, early last year before resigning three months later, just a day or so after he absconded.

The company was set up by his wife in March 2016, a month after they married and three months after Miss Brown, his date, died when she was flung into the Thames from his boat in the middle of the night.

There is no suggestion that his wife, the mother of his two-year-old son, was aware of any alleged wrongdoing. Indeed, she is understood to have been the first to tip off police that he had fled to Georgia.

In November 2017, two months after Shepherd was charged with manslaughter, his wife stepped down and two months later, in January 2018, Jack Grant was appointed co-director.

He resigned on March 24, just as Shepherd arrived in Tbilisi.

Grant’s date of birth was registered with Companies House as August 1986. No record can be found of a Jack Grant born in England and Wales in August 1986. Shepherd was born in August 1987.

Charlotte Brown, who died in the speedboat crash Credit: Metropolitan Police

The London address of 1st Formations, an online company formation agent, was listed as the company’s address. The same address was listed as the location for Jack Grant’s eponymous website, which has since been removed from the internet.

A LinkedIn profile in the name of Jack Grant mirrors Shepherd’s old CV.

The page describes him as a “user experience and search optimisation specialist” who had worked with Apple Inc, Ferrari and Time Inc.

Shepherd’s CV, which has since been removed from the internet, includes the same companies in his employment history.

His legal team has confirmed that he had been working in Georgia as a web designer.

And the landlord of the cramped one-bedroom flat he was renting in Tbilisi said he introduced himself as Jack Grant and had set up a Facebook account in the same name.

Shepherd remains in custody in Tbilisi, having handed himself in to police after ten months in hiding when it became apparent that the net was closing in.

He has vowed to fight extradition, claiming that his life would be in danger if he was forced to serve the six year jail sentence handed down in his absence in a UK jail.

A Companies House spokesman said: “Companies House can’t comment on individual companies.

“In cases where a breach of the Companies Act is suspected, we will take the necessary action.”

It is understood that Companies House could pass the information onto police or a third party to aid investigations.

In addition to his manslaughter sentence, Shepherd faces further jail time for absconding and an outstanding charge of GBH after allegedly knocking a barman unconscious with a vodka bottle in a pub in his hometown of Moretonhampstead, Devon, days before he left the country.