Pizza delivery driver was stabbed through his heart in Sheffield

Thavisha Lakindu Peiris
Thavisha Lakindu Peiris
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A pizza delivery driver who came to Sheffield to study was knifed to death during a robbery for his mobile phone, a court heard today.

Shamraze Khan, aged 26, of Southey Crescent, Southey, went on trial today accused of killing 25-year-old Thavisha Peiris in a stabbing.

He is alleged to have murdered ‘quiet, calm and gentle’ Thavisha with 18-year-old accomplice Kasim Ahmed, of Southey Crescent, Southey, who admitted the killing yesterday.

Robert Smith QC, prosecuting, said it was a ‘joint enterprise’ motivated by robbery.

“The prosecution submit that the defendant Shamraze Khan and another man, Kasim Ahmed, were jointly responsible for the murder of Thavisha Peiris,” he said.

“The prosecution case is that regardless of which was actually responsible for inflicting the fatal stabs they were both jointly involved in the attack.”

Khan, who denies murder, has pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery committed with Ahmed on the night of the murder.

Both men accept being responsible for a knifepoint robbery in which mobile phones were stolen from a teenage girl and her male friend outside Castle Market in Sheffield city centre on October 27 last year.

Two hours later Thavisha was found in pool of blood at the wheel of his car close to where Khan lives.

The pizza delivery driver had pulled up to deliver an order when he was fatally attacked.

His phone was found in his car. It had been yanked from its windscreen holder.

A post mortem examination revealed he had been stabbed once in his neck and three times in his chest - puncturing his heart.

Opening the case, Mr Smith QC told jurors two gloves with Thavisha’s blood on were found in Khan’s home.

Khan’s palm print was also found on the roof of Thavisha’s car.

The trial continues.