A Sheffield teenager is facing life behind bars after admitting murdering a pizza delivery driver in the city.
On the first day of his trial for murder at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday, 18-year-old Kasim Ahmed, of Southey Crescent, Southey, Sheffield, admitted killing Thavisha Lakindu Peiris.
Mr Peiris, aged 25, had been working his last shift for Domino’s Pizza before taking up his dream job as an IT consultant, when he was attacked on Sunday, October 27, last year, on Southey Crescent, Southey.
The former Sheffield Hallam University student who was originally from Sri Lanka, had worked for the Wadsley Bridge branch of Domino’s, on Halifax Road, after graduating in 2011.
A post mortem examination showed he died from stab wounds.
A second defendant – 26-year-old Shamraze Khan, of Southey Crescent, Southey – denies murder.
He is due to stand trial for the killing at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday.
Both Ahmed and Khan have also admitted two robberies which took place the same day.
Mr Peiris had travelled to the UK to study information technology at Sheffield Hallam and had taken the job at Domino’s to help support him while he studied.
He had just successfully applied for a job as an IT consultant in Sheffield – the Southey delivery was due to be his last before starting his new job.
At the time Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray told The Star: “Thavisha was a bright, hard-working, intelligent and caring man who had worked hard to develop his career in Sheffield.
“His murder is an absolute tragedy and has caused untold grief for his mother, father and brother in Sri Lanka and for his many friends in Sri Lanka and in Sheffield.
“Everything we have learned from his family, friends and workmates at Domino’s suggests he was a career-minded, hard-working, bright, articulate and friendly young man who was very much planning his future.”
Speaking after her son’s death, Vajira Peiris, Mr Peiris’ mum, said: “We can’t believe what happened; we didn’t know he wasn’t safe in England. I was happy to send him there.”
Mr Peiris’ family had planned to send his brother Pramod, aged 26, to study in Britain - but abandoned the plan following his death.