Man charged with premeditated murder, restraining order violation after stabbing girlfriend in presence of minors

The prosecutor’s office said that the perpetrator was released on bail despite the threats that he could commit a crime. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 11 Oct 2022 - 13:32, Tbilisi,Georgia

A man has been charged with premediated murder and violation of a restraining order after stabbing his girlfriend in the presence of her three underage children on Sunday in the eastern Kakheti region city of Telavi,  the prosecutor’s office of Georgia said on Tuesday.

The office decried the decision of a district court in Telavi for rejecting its motion in October to send the suspect to pretrial detention after his earlier arrest on charges of domestic violence and threats to the victim and her family, instead releasing him on a ₾2,000 ($707) bail.

The prosecutor’s office also said it had “immediately appealed” the ruling to the Tbilisi court of appeals, but a decision could not be made before the suspect broke into the rented flat of the 26-year-old woman and inflicted several deadly injuries to her neck and chest in the presence of her children. 

The suspect, who had not been sentenced to detention [by the court], was given the opportunity to brutally assault his girlfriend. This fact once again emphasises the need to take the strictest measures against femicide, which implies coordinated work, public involvement and united efforts”, the office said in its comments.

The assailant is facing 16 to 20 years in prison or life sentence for his crimes.