Sheffield murder victim had 14 knife wounds

Thavisha Peiris
Thavisha Peiris
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A pizza delivery killed in Sheffield suffered 14 separate knife wounds in the attack, a court heard.

Thavisha Peiris, aged 25, was knifed to death after pulling up to deliver a pizza on Southey Crescent, Southey, last October.

Southey Crescent, where Thavisha Peiris was found dead

Southey Crescent, where Thavisha Peiris was found dead

A post mortem examination established that two of the wounds were each severe enough to have killed him outright - one through his neck and another which punctured his heart - but together the injuries proved ‘catastrophic’.

Forensic pathologist Dr Philip Lumb told jurors in the trial of 26-year-old Shamraze Khan, who is accused of murder, that the pizza delivery driver suffered four stab wounds and one gaping wound to his upper arm.

The rest were more superficial cuts, including some to his hands, which could have been ‘defensive wounds’ as the delivery driver tried to ‘fend off’ his attacker.

He said ‘at least moderate force’ would have been needed to inflict the stab wounds.

Thavisha Peiris

Thavisha Peiris

“They are all deeply penetrating and would require at least moderate force to commit them. They also required a tight grip to be maintained on the weapon to remove it from the body,” he added.

Dr Lumb said the delivery driver may have survived for ‘up to a few minutes’ following the attack but death could have been quicker.

Police and paramedics alerted to the discovery of Mr Peiris’ body in his car failed to find a pulse, and efforts to revive the former Sheffield Hallam University student at hospital failed.

PC Rodney McEnery, one of the first police officers to arrive at the scene, said when he looked in the car he saw Mr Peiris’ lifeless body in blood soaked clothing.

Jurors were also told that there was a pool of blood in the footwell of the car and outside the vehicle.

Khan, of Southey Crescent, Southey, is accused of murdering Mr Peiris along with Kasim Ahmed, 18, who has already admitted the offence.

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

The prosecution case against the men is that they were ‘both jointly involved in the attack’ on Mr Peiris.

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

But the allegation is that the robbery failed to go to plan and a knife was produced.

Mr Smith claims the knife point robbery at Castle Market is ‘significant’ because it shows both men knew a weapon was being carried ‘and was likely to be produced and, if necessary, used for the purposes of robbery’.

The trial continues.