Victim speaks of her terror at knifepoint robbery in Sheffield

Thavisha Peiris
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A teenage girl held up in a knifepoint robbery in Sheffield one hour before a murder told jurors she cried during the terrifying ordeal.

The girl, now 16, and her friend Aiden Foster, 21, were robbed of their mobile phones near Castle Market in Sheffield city centre on the night a pizza delivery driver was stabbed to death in October last year.

Shamraze Khan and Kasim Ahmed, who both admit robbing the pair, are accused of then murdering 25-year-old Thavisha Peiris, while he was delivering a pizza on Southey Crescent, Southey.

Ahmed, who was living with Khan at Southey Crescent at the time, accepts responsibilty for the murder but Khan denies the offence and is standing trial.

Mr Peiris, a former Sheffield Hallam University student who was originally from Sri Lanka, was delivering his last two orders of the night when he was killed.

Khan and Ahmed are alleged to have targeted the delivery driver for his mobile phone, but the robbery failed to go to plan, a knife was produced and violence flared.

Mr Peiris was stabbed once in his neck and three times in his chest - puncturing his heart.

He was found slumped behind the wheel of his car in a pool of blood.

The teenage girl robbed by the duo on the night of the murder described how one of the men, said by the prosecution to be Ahmed, brandished a knife and dragged it across her friend’s face.

She said: “I didn’t know if they wanted to stab him.”

She described feeling ‘scared and shaking’.

Mr Foster said that the man with the knife handed over one of the mobile phones to the second man, said to be Khan, who he claimed ‘stood there’ during the course of the incident.

Jurors were told when the case was opened by Robert Smith QC on Tuesday that Mr Foster’s stolen mobile phone was found by police in the house Khan and Ahmed shared with Khan’s partner and four children.

The trial continues.