A man who allegedly stabbed a teacher to death has claimed that the “devil awoke” inside him during a frenzied knife attack in September last year.
Georgia-born Rafael Mursakulov was arrested by his home-country's Minister of Internal Affairs over the death of Australian 31-year-old teacher Shanae Brooke Edwards recently.
She was living in Georgia and teaching at the time.
But on Wednesday, the man pleaded guilty to robbery, but not the murder.
Chillingly, he addressed the women's family in court.
He said: “I apologise to this country, to the people, to the family of that person.
'This is a loss that you can not make up for.
“Just forgive me.
"No matter what the verdict is, I will not vote, I will not appeal, I will stand up to the end, I apologise.”
The woman was found with stab wounds in a local park in the country's capital on Tbilisi on July 31, last year.
She had gone on a solo hike the day before but never came back.
A friend had claimed that she was on the phone with her at the time of the reported attack.
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Prosecutor Giorgi Kobuladze said: “The accused stabbed Shanai Brook 13 times, five of them in the neck, which confirms the intent to kill.
“She was then stabbed with a knife, after which she was brutally killed.
“Then he hid the victim's body.”
However, he went on to say that: “He can not perceive how it happened.
“He has some mental problems, which does not exclude his admission.
“His explanation was that at that moment the greatest devil awoke in him, (which he) could not overcome.”
If found guilty, the man could face around 16 to 20 years in prison, with a life sentence the maximum he could be given.
He stands accused of premeditated murder and attempting to cover up a crime.
After the attack, her body was discovered under bushes near an amusement park.
A GoFundMe had been set up to raise funds to cover the costs of sending her body back to her native Australia, but the Georgian government announced shortly after that it would cover all transportation costs itself.
The court case continues.
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