Life for murderer who admitted his crime to a waiter in Ely restaurant

Andrejus Ruljevas

Andrejus Ruljevas - Credit: Archant

A MAN who was on the run from police after committing a “savage” murder was finally detained at Pizza Express in Ely after admitting his crime to a waiter.

Andrejus Ruljevas, 22, of no fixed address, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday at Cambridge Crown Court after pleading guilty to murder and attempted murder at a previous hearing.

Following the double stabbing, in October last year, Ruljevas fled to Ely and a wanted appeal was issued.

He was arrested in Pizza Express, in High Street, on October 19 after he was unable to pay for a meal. The restaurant manager explained he was calling the police at which point Ruljevas confessed he had murdered a man and stabbed another in Peterborough. Armed officers attended and arrested him.

Ruljevas broke into a property in Gilpin Street, Peterborough, during the early hours of October 17 and waited in the dark for his intended victim to return.

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At around 6am Saulius Grigoravicius returned home from work and was pounced on by Ruljevas who stabbed him more than 50 times. During the attack Ruljevas realised he had the wrong man.

Leaving the fatally injured 20-year-old Saulius in a downstairs bedroom he waited in the dark for around an hour before his intended victim arrived home from work. As 22-year-old Vladislavas Kuznecovas walked into the house Ruljevas attacked him from behind, stabbing him numerous times.

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He managed to fight him off and immediately recognised Ruljevas and asked him what he was doing. After a long struggle Ruljevas eventually fled the scene and the victim called an ambulance, at which point he notice Saulius unconscious in the bedroom.

Paramedics were unable to revive Saulius who died as a result of a stab wound to the chest.

Vladislavas was taken to Peterborough City Hospital with serious injuries and had to have surgery but was discharged several days later. He remains on pain medication.

He was jailed for life on both counts, with a minimum term of 20 years for the murder and a minimum of 10 years for attempted murder to run concurrent.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Redfearn said: “These were savage attacks that resulted in the death of one young man and left another lucky to be alive.

“Both men had come over to this country to make a life for themselves and earn a living and Ruljevas ended this dream for one of them and left Vladislavas with life-long physical and mental scars.

“On the morning of his murder Saulius had walked a colleague home to ensure she got there safely, something he had done every time they worked together. But tragically for him it was his last act of kindness.

“He was a young man with everything to live for who, tragically, just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“We believe this whole incident was over a £200 debt owed by Vladislavas to Ruljevas, a debt he intended to repay, and it is absolutely no justification for Ruljevas’ actions.

“Had it not been for the rucksack worn by Vladislavas and the fact he managed to break free we could easily have been dealing with two murders.

“I hope this result will provide the surviving victim and both families with some comfort that justice has been done and my thoughts remain with them at this time.”

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