The victim: Serxhio Marku

The victim: Serxhio Marku

Police are seeking help from a taxi driver and friends for more information on Brighton murder victim Serxhio.

Two men charged with the murder of Albanian man, Serxhio Marku, in Brighton have appeared at Lewes Crown Court.

Serxhio, 21, was found critically injured when police officers forced entry into a flat in Stafford Road in the early hours of Wednesday morning (11 September). He had suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead.

Detectives are now trying to discover how he came to be in the flat and his movements in the city prior to then.

Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the enquiry, said: “Specialist family liaison officers are supporting Serxhio’s family, who are mainly in Albania, and our thoughts are with them and his friends.

“I am particularly keen to reach out to Serxhio’s friends in the Brighton area as we know very little about him and we want to find out where he lived and who he associated with locally. I urge anyone with information about the incident, events leading up to it or especially about Serxhio himself, to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Barnfield.”

Francesco Dagostino, 44, a kitchen worker, of Stafford Road, Brighton and Giuseppe Petriccione, 45, a kitchen worker, of no fixed address, were charged with murder and appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 14 September where they were remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Monday. Here they were further remanded for a plea and trial preparation hearing on 1 November, in advance of a trial provisionally set for 24 February 2020.