Brit musician, 28, found dead after being 'attacked and thrown unconscious in river' weeks after he moved to Georgia to study

Brit musician, 28, found dead after being 'attacked and thrown unconscious in river' weeks after he moved to Georgia to study



A British tourist has been killed in Georgia only weeks after he moved there to study.



The body of musician Thomas Kennedy, 28, washed up in the Mtkvari River near the village of Kvakhvreli in Gori on Friday, October 8, three days after he was allegedly killed by a group of five Georgian citizens.



Authorities say the group of men beat him unconscious and threw him into the river following an argument.



Five people have been arrested for his murder, which allegedly came after a night of drinking with the locals.



The suspected killers fled the scene but have since been remanded, local outlets reported.



Giorgi Balashvili, 28, Giorgi Okhanashvili, 17, Giorgi Kareli, 20, Zura Palavandishvili, 19, and Vasil Okropiridze, 24, are being held on suspicion of murder. Vasil Okropiridze, 24, has denied any part in the plot.









Kennedy arrived in Georgia on August 30 to study for a music qualification in the former Soviet state, Mtavari TV reported. He combined his studies with playing the acoustic guitar.







Kennedy is said to have told friends he wanted to "go somewhere far away" after struggling with lockdown, and is thought to have met a Georgian girl online before making the trip to the former Soviet republic.



On social media last month, Kennedy posted: "I figured I would go somewhere far away. And Georgia seemed ideal. Small place. Big history."Latest Post
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