Can you help police? Murder of Thavisha Lakindu Peiris
A former student who was stabbed to death in Sheffield on Sunday night (27 October) was delivering his last ever pizza before starting a bright new career in IT.
South Yorkshire Police have today (Wednesday 30 October) held a press conference to appeal to the public for information about the murder of Thavisha Lakindu Peiris.
The 25-year-old had moved to Sheffield from his native Sri Lanka to further his education, working part-time at Dominos Pizza in Halifax Road to support himself.
His body was found by colleagues at about 10.30pm, slumped at the wheel of his silver Toyota Yaris in Southey Crescent. A post-mortem examination revealed that he died of fatal stab wounds.
Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray told a press conference at the murder scene this morning: “Thavisha was a bright, hard-working, intelligent and caring man.
“He was friendly and career-minded, working hard to develop his career in Sheffield.
“His murder is an absolute tragedy and has caused untold grief for his mother, father and brother in Sri Lanka.”
Mr Peiris had travelled to the UK in 2011 to study IT at Sheffield Hallam University. He graduated the same year and was due to start a new career with a local IT firm.
Det Supt Ray added: “He had been working and was making his final ever delivery to an address in Southey Crescent.
"We know that he set off in his car from Dominos at 9.50pm to make the delivery. When he failed to deliver the order, his workmates set off to find him.
“He was found dead in the driver's seat of his silver Toyota Yaris.”
South Yorkshire Police has 50 officers and staff working on the murder enquiry with a detailed forensic examination of Mr Peiris' car is being carried out and house-to-house enquiries being conducted in the area.
Det Supt Ray said: “I need to hear from anyone who knows anything about his murder - anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area around the time, anyone who saw his silver Toyota Yaris on Southey Crescent or before the incident.
“The attacker will have gone home on Sunday night, or early hours of Monday morning, with blood on their outer clothes. Did someone you know start behaving out of character, washing their clothes, appear to be highly anxious? Also if anyone has CCTV in the area, we urgently need to hear from you.
“A family is grieving for a young man who whose life has been taken from him in the most brutal of fashions, and we owe it to him and his family to find the person or persons responsible.”
A number of people have been arrested and questioned by detectives already, but have now been released without charge.
Anyone with any information that could lead to finding Mr Peiris’s killer should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1253 of 27 October 2013.