Georgian man found not guilty of murdering asylum seeker

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A Georgian man has been found not guilty of murdering a fellow asylum seeker by a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

Badri Khvedelidze (33), had pleaded not guilty to murdering George Tkeshelashvili at a hostel in Tralee, Co Kerry on October 15, 2005.

At 2.40pm today, after six hours and 44 minutes of deliberations, the jury of six men and six women returned an eleven to one majority verdict.

Justice Isobel Kennedy thanked the jurors for their dedication during the trial and excused them from jury service for ten years.

It was the prosecution case that Mr Khvedelidze had stabbed his compatriot after an argument over a game of backgammon.

The trial heard evidence from assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster that the deceased man died after a stab wound to the upper part of the lung that severed a major artery, causing him to bleed to death.

Following the verdict, Justice Kennedy was told that Mr Khvedelidze was in custody and she asked that he be processed and released "in the usual way".