Takeaway driver killed in botched robbery in Sheffield - court

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

Shamraze Khan, aged 26, of Southey Crescent, Southey, has gone on trial accused of murdering ‘quiet, calm and gentle’ 25-year-old Thavisha Peiris when he pulled up to deliver an order.

Khan is alleged to have killed Thavisha with 18-year-old accomplice Kasim Ahmed, of Southey Crescent, Southey, who admitted the killing at an earlier hearing.

Robert Smith QC, prosecuting, said the death 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 case is that regardless of which was actually responsible for inflicting the fatal stabs they were both jointly involved in the attack.

“The prosecution contend that the two men were both acting together and each of them knew that one of them if not both of them had a knife and was capable of using it.”

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

Jurors were told yesterday that 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.

Just over an hour later Thavisha was found in pool of blood at the wheel of his car close to where Khan lives.

His phone was found in his car. It had been yanked from its windscreen holder and fell into the footwell during the course of the robbery, the prosecution claims.

Mr Smith QC said a post mortem examination revealed Thavisha had been stabbed once in his neck and three times in his chest - puncturing his heart.

He said the delivery driver may have ‘resisted’ the efforts of the robbers and been stabbed as he attempted to fight them off.

Local residents told police they heard a number of ‘cries’ and a ‘scream,’ which the prosecution team believe may have caused Khan and Ahmed to run off.

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

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

During police interviews Khan blame Ahmed for the fatal attack.

Mr Smith QC said: “He said he saw Kasim Ahmed pull a knife out and then attack the driver with it. He said he was shocked by what he saw.

“He said he did not participate in or encourage the attack.”

The trial continues.