Man guilty of Sheffield pizza murder

Thavisha Lakindu Peiris.
Thavisha Lakindu Peiris.
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A man was this afternoon found guilty of murdering a pizza delivery driver knifed to death at the wheel of his car in Sheffield.

Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, aged 25, was fatally stabbed after arriving to deliver a pizza in Southey Crescent, Southey, last October.

Scene of the murder in Southey Crescent

Scene of the murder in Southey Crescent

Shamraze Khan, 26, had denied killing the Domino’s driver - but was today found guilty of murder by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court.

His co-accused Kasim Ahmed, 18, admitted the murder on the first day of the trial.

The pair, who at the time were both living at the same address in Southey Crescent, had robbed a teenage girl and her friend of their mobile phones near Castle Market in Sheffield city centre just an hour before Mr Peiris was killed, the court heard.

The prosecution said both men were jointly involved in the attack on Mr Peiris, and were jointly responsible for his death.

Robert Smith QC, prosecuting, said the men had planned to commit robberies on the night of the murder and had wanted the delivery driver’s mobile phone.

Mr Peiris, a former Sheffield Hallam University student, was originally from Sri Lanka but came to the UK to study.

He was working his last ever shift for the takeaway before taking up his dream job as an IT consultant.

He suffered 14 knife wounds in the attack. A post mortem examination established two were each severe enough to have killed him outright - one through his neck and another which punctured his heart - and together the injuries proved ‘catastrophic’.

Khan and Ahmed will be sentenced tomorrow afternoon.

See The Star tomorrow for full story.