Pair in court on Sheffield murder charge

Thavisha Peiris
Thavisha Peiris
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A teenager and a man have appeared in court charged with the murder of pizza delivery driver Thavisha Lakindu Peiris.

Sri Lankan-born Sheffield Hallam University graduate Thavisha, aged 25, was found slumped at the wheel of his car by colleagues in Southey Crescent, Sheffield, on October 27.

A post mortem examination revealed he died from stab wounds.

A 17-year-old-boy and Shamraze Khan, 26, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court via videolink yesterday charged with his murder.

The prosecution alleges Mr Peiris was approached as he was about to deliver food, and stabbed to death.

Khan and the boy entered no pleas, and the case was adjourned for a plea and case management hearing on January 17 next year.

Their three-week trial is due to start on June 4.

Both Khan, of Southey Crescent, Sheffield, and the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were remanded in custody.

Thavisha was trying to make what would have been his last ever pizza delivery before starting a new job as an IT consultant.

He had worked for the Wadsley Bridge branch of takeaway Domino’s in Halifax Road after graduating in 2011.

His family visited the UK after his death but have since returned to Sri Lanka.

They described him as a ‘career-minded, hard-working, bright, articulate and friendly man’ who had come to Britain for a better life.