CPS authorise police to charge man with manslaughter over death of woman in River Thames


Claire Mays from CPS London said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has considered a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police relating to allegations made against Jack Shepherd over the death of Charlotte Brown, 24, after she was found in the River Thames near Wandsworth Bridge on 8 December 2015.

"Following a review of the evidence, the CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Jack Shepherd, 30, with manslaughter by gross negligence.

"He will first appear in Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on 18 October.

"The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Jack Shepherd are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Notes to Editors

 The review of the evidence was carried out in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
 Claire Mays is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS London Homicide team