A British man has been killed in Georgia by a ‘group of men who beat him unconscious and threw him into a river following an argument’, authorities say.
The victim was named as musician Thomas Kennedy, 28, and five Georgian citizens, including one minor, have been detained on suspicion of murder in Gori city.
The man died after drinking with a group of local men followed by a verbal and physical dispute, according to local reports.
British musician Thomas Kennedy, 28, (pictured) was killed in Georgia following a dispute with a group of local men who attacked him and threw into the Mtkvari River, authorities said
He was attacked and then thrown ‘unconscious’ into the Mtkvari River.
His body was found in the river near the village of Kvakhvreli in Gori municipality on October 8. The alleged killers fled the scene, say reports.
A video showed four suspects being escorted for questioning after being detained.
All five have been detained by a court for two months. They face from 13 to 17 years in prison if found guilty.
The musician (pictured playing the guitar) had arrived in Georgia on August 30, and was a student at a local music college. Thomas was attacked and then thrown ‘unconscious’ into the river and his body was found near the village of Kvakhvreli on October 8
A report on Mtavari TV channel said Kennedy had arrived in Georgia on August 30, and reports said he was a student at a local music college.
He is known to have played the acoustic guitar.
A criminal case was opened into murder with aggravating circumstances.
One of the detainees was named as 23-year-old Vasil Okropiridze, described as a street musician.
Five Georgian citizens, including one minor, have been detained on suspicion of murder and face between 13 to 17 years in prison if found guilty