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Musician ‘thrown unconscious into river’


Five people have been arrested in connection to the death of a British musician who was found in a river last week.

Five people have been arrested in connection to the death of a British musician who was found in a river last week.

Thomas Kennedy, 28, was drinking with a group of men in the country of Georgia before getting involved in a verbal and physical altercation, The Sun reported.

Mr Kennedy, an avid acoustic guitar player, was reportedly attacked and knocked unconscious before being thrown into the Mtkvari River, near the village of Kvakhvreli, in the central part of eastern Georgia.

Local media reported that Mr Kennedy’s alleged killers fled the scene. His body was found on October 8.

It was reported Mr Kennedy only arrived in Georgia on August 30, and had been studying at a local music college.

A criminal case has been opened into his death, with detectives reportedly investigating it as a murder with aggravating circumstances.

Five people: Giorgi Balashvili, 28, Giorgi Okhanashvili, 17, Giorgi Kareli, 20, and Zura Palavandishvili, 19, and Vasil Okropiridze, 24, have been detained in relation to the death.

All potential suspects have denied any involvement in the matter.

They have reportedly been detained by a court for two months.

If found guilty, they could be sentenced to between 13 and 17 years behind bars.



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