Guitar player Thomas Kennedy, 28, from the UK, reportedly was thrown “unconscious” into a river following a fight in a Georgian city that had broken out after a dispute while drinking
A British guitar player has been killed in Georgia after a fight broke out when he was out drinking and his “unconscious” body was thrown into a river, it is reported.
The victim was named as musician Thomas Kennedy, 28, and five Georgian citizens, including a child, have been detained on suspicion of murder in the city of Gori, in the ex-Soviet republic.
He died after drinking with a group of local men followed by a verbal and physical dispute, according to local media.
Mr Kennedy 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 UK Foreign Office has said it is in touch with Georgian authorities and is giving support to the victim’s family.
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are in contact with the local authorities following the death of a British man in Georgia and are providing support to his family.”
Mr Kennedy is known to have played the acoustic guitar.
The alleged killers are believed to have fled the scene before being captured.
A video showed four suspects being escorted for questioning after being detained.
A criminal case was opened into murder with aggravating circumstances.
All five have been detained by a court for two months, it is reported.
TV channel Mtavari TV stated that Mr Kennedy had arrived in Georgia on August 30, and said he was a student at a local music college.
The news station also reported that Mr Kennedy’s mobile phone had been found by police at a local pawn shop for cash.