Two brutal killers have been jailed for a total of 47 years for the murder of pizza delivery driver Thavisha Lakindu Peiris in Sheffield.
Thavisha, aged 25, who travelled from Sri Lanka for a better life in the UK, was found dying in his blood-soaked car in Southey Crescent, Southey, after being knifed by Shamraze Khan, 26, and Kasim Ahmed, 18.
Ahmed admitted murder on day one of the trial and was jailed for life and must serve a minimum 23 years.
Khan was jailed for life and must serve at least 24 years. He convicted at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday, after 14 hours of deliberations.
Judge Mr Justice Coulson described it as a ‘murder waiting to happen’.
He said Ahmed was an habitual street robber who always carried a knife - and branded him ‘a dangerous man’.
The prosecution said both men were jointly involved, so jointly responsible.
Robert Smith QC, prosecuting, said the men had planned to commit robberies last October 27 and were after the delivery driver’s mobile phone.
Mr Peiris, a Sheffield Hallam University graduate, was working his last ever shift for Domino’s - a job he took to repay his father for funding his studies - before starting his dream career in IT.
Two of the knife wounds he sustained were severe enough to kill him - and together 14 proved ‘catastrophic’.
South Yorkshire Police Det Supt Lisa Ray said her thoughts are with Mr Peiris’ family in Sri Lanka.
“My heart goes out to them - they are many thousands of miles away.”
She said Mr Peiris was simply ‘trying to make a living’.
“Thavisha was a bright, intelligent, caring man who had worked hard to develop his career in Sheffield. His murder is an absolute tragedy and has caused untold grief for his mother, father and brother, and his many friends.
“He was career-minded, hard-working and a friendly young man planning his future. His brutal death at the hands of Khan and Ahmed was a senseless and inhuman act.
“He had just secured a good job and was on the path to success. That was taken from him.”
Thavisha’s family said they can find ‘some solace’ in knowing his killers are going to prison.
“We are still devastated and heartbroken, unable to comprehend he is gone,” they said.
“He gave us so many reasons to smile. All we have left are our memories, but they will never fill the void in our hearts. He will never again be with us, we will never hear his voice again.
“We sent our son to the UK to study so he could have a better life. We never thought he would be in any danger.”