Georgian in court on murder charge

Published 02/04/2014 | 05:36

Badri Khvedelidze (32), who is charged with the 2005 murder of fellow Georgian immigrant George Tkeshelashvili in Tralee, being led from Killarney District Court on Monday night. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

A GEORGIAN national has appeared at a special sitting of Killarney District Court charged with the 2005 murder of fellow Georgian immigrant George Tkeshelashvili in Tralee.

A GEORGIAN national has appeared at a special sitting of Killarney District Court charged with the 2005 murder of fellow Georgian immigrant George Tkeshelashvili in Tralee.

Badri Khvedelidze (32) was brought before the court in Killarney on Monday night where Detective Sergeant John Brennan gave evidence of his caution and charge at Tralee Garda Station at 17.55pm. He also confirmed that a Georgian interpreter had been present at all times.

When charged with the murder of the married father of one Mr Khvedelidze replied: "I've nothing to say without my solicitor".

The Georgian national was detained in Valencia, Spain on February 18 last on foot of a European arrest warrant. He was arrested in connection with the murder on his arrival at Dublin Airport on Monday and subsequently taken to Tralee Garda Station.

Mr Khvedelidze appeared in court in Killarney on Monday night wearing a black zip up hooded jacked and dark blue jeans, and was accompanied by an interpreter.

His solicitor, Andrew O'Connell, requested that he be remanded to Clover Hill Prison in Dublin but was informed that the court has no choice but to send Mr Khvedelidze to Cork Prison.

He was remanded in custody to appear at a sitting of Tralee court this Wednesday, April 2.

George Tkeshelashvili was seriously injured in a stabbing incident on the evening of October 15 at Westward Court complex in Mary Street Tralee. He was taken by taxi to Kerry General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Legal Aid was granted provisionally to Mr Khvedelidze by Judge James O'Connor, however he stressed that the court would re-examine the decision at a later date when instruction is available with regards his financial circumstances in Spain.

Kerryman

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