Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has been pictured being released from Georgia prison on his way to the UK.
Shepherd had a medical exam, required by law, before boarding a plane set for London.
He is due to arrive in the country late on Wednesday after flying back from Georgia escorted by Metropolitan Police officers.
The 31-year-old skipped bail last summer and was found guilty of the manslaughter of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown in his absence.
Speaking on the plane he joked with prison officers about the latest on Brexit, admitting: “I haven’t heard a great deal.”
Sat at the back of the rear of the aircraft surrounded by police officers, he whined: “When I fled I was acting on pure emotion, out of
fear. I now realise I must take some responsibility in part.”
He added: “I’m less scared now of going to prison. I’ve come to terms with the fact I’ll be going to prison in the UK.
“There really has been a lot of untruths and lies. In prison I received death threats, my family have received threats even my lawyer’s home and office are still under protection.”
He added: “I have personally received threats, threats to my family and lawyer. I think the election of some of the media’s misreporting of things I think there is an animosity towards me that is misplaced.
“There have been some complete untruths. In particular this idea I let her drown and did nothing to help her.
“This could not be further from the truth. There are witness statements in black and white which explain when the rescuers came I shouted leave me in the water look for her’.
“I was shouting ‘help please’.”
Shepherd will be brought before an Old Bailey judge on Thursday before he starts his six-year prison sentence.
The web designer last appeared at the court in November 2017 when he denied manslaughter.
It emerged at the start of his trial last June that he would not attend court but was in regular contact with his defence team who carried on without him.
The court heard that Shepherd and Ms Brown had been on a champagne-fuelled first date when they went for a late-night speedboat ride down the Thames in December 2015.
The 14ft Fletcher Arrowflyte boat, which had a series of defects, was speeding when it was thought to have struck a submerged log near Wandsworth Bridge and overturned, throwing Ms Brown to her death in the water.
Shepherd, who was plucked from the chilly water, was found guilty in his absence and sentenced to six years’ imprisonment by Judge Richard Marks QC.
In December, he was granted permission to appeal against the conviction and handed himself in to authorities in Tbilisi the following month.
His surrender came after repeated public appeals by Ms Brown’s family for him to face justice for her death.
After his extradition was granted by a court last month, her family said he had a weak case and “no choice” but to return.
Her father Graham Brown told ITV: “We are going to get justice for Charlotte.
“We’re hoping that he won’t follow through with his appeal, which causes the family more anguish, but I guess that could be a forlorn hope.”
Speaking from Tbilisi last week, Shepherd apologised to Ms Brown’s family but insisted her actions caused the fatal accident.
He also faces a grievous bodily harm charge over an alleged assault in Devon on March 16 last year.
A warrant for his arrest was issued by magistrates in Newton Abbot after he failed to attend the court.
No date has been set for the appeal hearing.
The Crown Prosecution Service and Metropolitan Police have declined to comment on the case ahead of Shepherd’s arrival in the UK.