A British musician was discovered lifeless in a river after reportedly being attacked and thrown unconscious into the water by a gang of native drunks.
Thomas Kennedy, 28, was discovered lifeless by the banks of the Mtkvari River in Georgia, jap Europe.
5 have been arrested for his homicide, which allegedly got here after an evening of ingesting with the native lads.
The suspected killers fled the scene however have since been remanded, native shops reported.
Giorgi Balashvili, 28, Giorgi Okhanashvili, 17, Giorgi Kareli, 20, Zura Palavandishvili, 19, and Vasil Okropiridze, 24, are being held on suspicion of homicide.
They deny any half within the killing of Thomas, who is alleged to have been learning for a music qualification within the former Soviet state.
The 5 suspects can be held for 2 months after a court docket order – and face 13 to 17 years in jail in the event that they’re discovered responsible.
Kennedy arrived in Georgia on August 30 to check, Mtavari TV reported and performed the acoustic guitar.
Video exhibits the suspects being arrested after they’re thought to have “thrown” Thomas’s physique into the river.
It is not identified whether or not he was murdered earlier than the gang allegedly disposed of his physique, however Thomas is alleged to have been unconscious on the time.
A verbal and bodily dispute adopted the evening of ingesting loved by the group, native experiences mentioned.
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Georgia shouldn’t be an unstable nation and has one among Europe’s lowest crime charges.
However there are some areas the Overseas Workplace doesn’t advise Brits go to, reminiscent of provinces making an attempt to interrupt away from the nation.
Its journey recommendation states: “[Capital] Tbilisi is a cosmopolitan metropolis, however extra conservative attitudes exist in rural areas.
“When travelling exterior of the cities concentrate on cultural sensitivities round modest gown, notably when visiting locations of worship, and open shows of affection.”