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Man sentenced for serious assault, Mortenhampstead

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Jack Shepherd sentenced to four years

A man has been sentenced today to four years in prison for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

31-year-old Jack Shepherd was handed the sentence by a Judge at Exeter Crown Court for the assault in Mortenhampstead.

Police attended the White Hart Hotel on Friday 16 March 2018 following reports of an assault. It was reported a man had been struck to the head with a glass bottle during the incident.

The victim, aged 30, sustained a serious head injury which required hospital treatment.

Jack Shepherd was arrested and charged with the assault but failed to appear at Newton Abbot Magistrate’s court on 6 June 2018, when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Shepherd had been separately charged with manslaughter in London following the death of Charlotte Brown in 2015. The trial was held in July 2018 and in his absence, he was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison. In March 2019, following 10 months on the run, Shepherd handed himself in to Police in Georgia.

Throughout this investigation, officers from Devon and Cornwall have been in constant liaison with officers at the Metropolitan police.

Mr Shepherd was arrested in Georgia earlier this year and extradited to the UK where he is currently serving a six years prison sentence for manslaughter.

Shepherd, aged 31, appeared via video link to Exeter Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to the charge of causing grievous Bodily Harm with intent.

Detective Inspector Mike Jones, from the South Devon Local Investigation Team, said: “I’m pleased with the outcome of today’s court hearing in relation to an assault by Jack Shepherd. I’d firstly like to thank the victim for his bravery, patience and support over the past 15 months. I hope that he can begin to close the door on this chapter and begin to move on with his life.

“It has been a long and protracted investigation which has taken 15 months to conclude. The investigating team worked tirelessly to put forward a strong and compelling evidential case to the courts, which I think has been reflected in the outcome of today’s hearing. I would especially like to praise DC Kerri Hoskin-Cole, for her tenacity throughout this case.

“I’m pleased that Mr Shepherd has taken responsibility for his actions and will now serve a consecutive prison sentence for the crime committed on March 16 2018.”



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