Briton (Edward Craythorne) suspected murderers were family’s friends

February 25, 2008

Briton is brutally murdered in Albanian robbery and kidnap plot

Edward Craythorne, who has been murdered in Albania

Edward Craythorne, who was visiting his sister and mother in Albania

Two Albanian teenagers have confessed to brutally killing a British man and throwing his body down a well after luring him to the country in a robbery and kidnap plot.

The suspected murderers were close friends of the victim and frequent guests at his home in the weeks leading up to the murder.

Edward Craythorne, from London, was visiting his mother Sophia and sister Eileen in the northern coastal town of Shenhjin, where they had moved in 2004.

Mr Craythorne, 21, a joiner, was lured by his local friends Mario Pjetrushi, 18, and Arlind Vukaj,19, both from the nearby town of Lezha, who persuaded him to join them for a drive in their black Mercedes so that they could smoke marijuana, police said.

But instead the two took Mr Craythorne to the remote village of Mal, where, according to police, they “massacred” him with knives and stole his gold chain and the keys to his family’s home. They then threw his lifeless body in an abandoned well, where it was discovered weeks later.

The crime took place on February 2, but Mr Craythorne’s decomposed remains were only found last week by two shepherds who noticed a strong stench coming out of the well.

Mr Phetrushi and Mr Vukaj allegedly planned to rob the apartment of the Craythornes and torture the two women into giving them access to their bank accounts. Instead they were arrested by police and have since confessed to the crime.

A police spokesman said that Mr Craythorne and his family were perceived as “wealthy” in the impoverished area and that greed and envy were the assumed motives for the murder.

The British embassy in Tirana was promptly notified of the incident and has already provided full legal and other support to the Craythorne family.

Mr Cratythorne is said to have frequently visited his mother and his sister in Albania.



President Topi consoles Mrs. Eilen Craythorne about the tragic loss of her son, Edward.

February 26, 2008

The President of the Republic, Bamir Topi conveyed a consoling message to the mother and family members of Edward Craythorne who tragically lost his life.

“Distinguished Mrs. Craythorne,

I was deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of your son.

During these difficult moments for you and your family, please accept my deepest and sincere condolences!

Extremely shocked from this event, please rest assured that the Albanian justice will punish mercilessly the perpetrators of this macabre act which does not reflect at all the old values of love, well manners and hospitality of the Albanian people towards guests from another country!” – it is stressed in the consoling message of President Topi.