Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd “thought of marrying” his victim Charlotte Brown, according to his lawyer – despite the fact he wedded his long-term partner two months after Ms Brown’s death.
Shepherd took Ms Brown, 24, on a speedboat on the Thames during their first date in December 2015.
The pair were in the boat when it overturned on the river, ultimately killing Ms Brown.
Shepherd then went on the run and in his absence was convicted of killing the 24-year-old and given a six-year sentence.
The 31-year-old, who is currently in custody in Georgia, has now reportedly told his lawyer that he intended to have a long-term future with Ms Brown.
“He said to me, ‘I wanted with this girl a future, a family and maybe she will be my wife,’” Mariam Kublashvili, Shepherd’s lawyer, told the Sunday Mirror.
“He said it was new and was the first date, but added ‘We had communication before and I saw it as serious.’
“He said, ‘We had feelings for each other and then she died.”’
Ms Brown’s father Graham, 55, of Sidcup, Kent, pointed out that Shepherd married his long-term girlfriend just two months after Charlotte’s death.
“He was so serious about my daughter that he went out and married another woman,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
“My daughter would have soon got the measure of Shepherd. It was a first date, my daughter had been in a long-term relationship for four years.
“She was too smart and would soon have seen through him. He’s trying everything to avoid the fact he’s got a six-year sentence waiting for him here.”
Shepherd was convicted of manslaughter at the Old Bailey and handed himself in to Georgian authorities last month.
He could remain in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, for several more months.
Additional reporting from agencies