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The Star opinion: Pain will go on for family of Thavisha

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The sentencing of Kasim Ahmed and Shamraze Khan for the murder of Thavisha Lakindu Peiris is meant to provide public closure to the case.

The sentencing of Kasim Ahmed and Shamraze Khan for the murder of Thavisha Lakindu Peiris is meant to provide public closure to the case.

We were all shocked by the brutality of the killing of Mr Peiris last October in what appears to have been a botched robbery for a mobile phone.

Throughout the case we in the media have referred to Mr Peiris as a pizza delivery driver, who was on his final shift before beginning a job in IT.

In print or online people become a name, an age, or are described by the profession or trade.

But of course Mr Peiris was far more than that.

He was a son, a brother, a friend and, by all accounts, an outstanding young man who his family and all who knew him could be proud of.

The actions of Ahmed and Khan on that night have left the family and his friends heart-broken.

The pair will serve long sentences to reflect on what they have done and, in Ahmed’s case, the consequences of carrying a knife regularly.

When sentencing the pair to a combined 47 years in prison Mr Justice Coulson said they had taken away Mr Peiris’s future.

For his family there will be no closure. They will never forget their son and neither should we.

 

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