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Family’s torment over Sheffield death

rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick
31/10/13
Picture shows South Yorkshire armed police officers during the arrest of two men in connection with the murder of Sheffield University student Thavisha Lakindu Peiris.
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The student was found slumped at the wheel of his car while delivering Pizza's in Halifax Road, Sheffield, to help fund his studies

rossparry.co.uk / Tom Maddick 31/10/13 Picture shows South Yorkshire armed police officers during the arrest of two men in connection with the murder of Sheffield University student Thavisha Lakindu Peiris. See Copy RPYCAREER The student was found slumped at the wheel of his car while delivering Pizza's in Halifax Road, Sheffield, to help fund his studies

  • by Claire Lewis
 

Heartbroken relatives of a university graduate stabbed to death while delivering pizzas in Sheffield have spoken of their loss.

Thavisha Peiris, aged 25, was delivering his last ever pizza on his final shift as a delivery driver for Domino’s Pizza when he was killed on Southey Crescent, Southey, on October 27.

He travelled to the UK from Sri Lanka to study IT at Sheffield Hallam University and had taken the job at Domino’s to help support him while he studied.

Thavisha had just landed a job as an IT consultant in Sheffield and was working his notice when he was attacked.

Colleagues concerned that he had not returned to their shop on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge, went out looking for Thavisha and found him slumped in his car and raised the alarm.

In an interview with the BBC in Sri Lanka, Thavisha’s grieving mum Sudarma Narangama said: “I feel like the whole world has been destroyed.

“It was hard bringing him up, it was a lot of love and sacrifice, all wiped out, now we have no hope for the future.

“I can’t take being separated from him.”

Thavisha’s father, Sarath, said he is struggling to come to terms with the death of his beloved son.

“I can’t sleep at night, I keep waking up thinking about him,” he said.

“I can’t take being separated from him.”

Mr Peiris had used his retirement money to help fund his son’s education in the UK before Thavisha graduated in 2011.

The couple revealed that Prince Charles had written to them following the murder.

The letter said Prince Charles found it ‘profoundly shaming that this should have happened in the country to which he (Thavisha) had come in order to develop his full potential’.

Police cordoned off Southey Crescent and surrounding streets when initial reports of the attack came in, to try to preserve the crime scene while forensic experts examined the area.

Detectives carried out house-to-house enquiries asking if residents had seen or heard anything.

Shamraze Khan, 26, of Southey Crescent, Southey and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with murder and remanded in custody pending a plea and case management hearing in the new year.

A trial date in June has been set.

 

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