It was thought Shepherd fled abroad soon after skipping an Old Bailey manslaughter trial last July, for the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown in 2015

SPEEDBOAT killer Jack Shepherd may be hiding in a remote Thailand village to escape justice, it has been suggested.

After Shepherd, 31, skipped an Old Bailey manslaughter trial for the death of Charlotte Brown, 24, last year it was thought that he fled abroad.

Web designer Jack Shepherd who is due to be sentenced after he was found guilty of killing his date, Charlotte Brown

Having worked as a freelance web designer since leaving school in 2005, Shepherd is able to work for a range of companies as long as he has a laptop.

His friend, who has not been named, reportedly flew to Thailand last July, allegedly telling a pal that he was going to “be near to” Shepherd.

The Daily Mail reported Shepherd’s friend is working for a tech firm, while in the South East Asian country.

A source who works at Shepherd’s friends’ workplace, told the newspaper: “He was working for us as a freelance from South East Asia.”

Police fear the IT geek, 31 — who once wrote of his “vague desire” to vanish into the wilderness — has been using his expert knowledge to cover his tracks.

He is mocking justice. We are smashed to bits over this whole thing.

Charlotte’s Dad Graham
The Sun has put up a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Get more details here.

The Sun revealed on New Year’s Day how Shepherd had won leave to appeal against his conviction despite being on the run.

Shepherd had been drinking heavily before the tragedy, while Charlotte, an English literature graduate and business consultant from Clacton, Essex, is thought to have barely touched a drop on their first date.

The fugitive is believed to have been in regular email contact with his defence lawyers, Tuckers Solicitors, from his hiding place, instructing them in detail on his case.

The Sun was also the first to reveal in December that almost £100,000 of Shepherd’s defence case at criminal trial had been funded by the taxpayer through Legal Aid.

His lawyers are also likely to get similar backing to fight his appeal.