A BRITISH musician has been found dead after being “attacked and thrown unconscious into a river” in Georgia.
Five people have been arrested after Thomas Kennedy, 28, was assaulted in the former Soviet state.
He died after drinking with a group of local men followed by a verbal and physical dispute, according to reports.
The Brit is said to have been 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.
Giorgi Balashvili, 28, along with Giorgi Okhanashvili, 17, Giorgi Kareli, 20, and Zura Palavandishvili, 19, and Vasil Okropiridze, 24, denied any part in the death after being held on suspicion of murder.
All five have been detained by a court for two months.
They face from 13 to 17 years in prison if found guilty.
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.