Two suspects arrested by the British Police have been charged with last week’s brutal killing of Thaveesha Lakindu Peiris, a Sri Lankan student in London.

According to South Yorkshire Police, Shamraze Khan (25) of Southey Crescent, Sheffield, and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were charged with the murder and was yesterday remanded in custody until the next hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on November 15.

It is in this backdrop that the Sri Lankan High Commission in London wrote to the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office requesting more information on the investigation by the British Police into the killing of Peiris.

"We are closely monitoring the progress of the murder inquiry", the High Commission’s Minister Counselor, Chaminda Kularatne said.

He said the mission is in touch with detective police officer Karen Cocker, who leads the investigations at the South Yorkshire Police Station. "We have also spoken to Thaveesha’s immediate family back in Sri Lanka and one of his friends in the UK, Sri Lankan Ahmed Hassan to get the maximum information possible", Kularatne said.

Thaveesha Peiris (25 years) arrived in the UK in 2011 and completed a degree course in software engineering at Hallem University in Sheffield.

He was working at Domino’s Pizza in Sheffield temporarily under a Post Study Work Visa.It was his last Pizza delivery job before he was due to take up a job as an IT Consultant. He was found dead in his silver Toyota Yaris car with stab wounds. 

Thaveesha’s father Sarath Mahinda Peiris, mother Sudarama Narangoda and brother Pramod Chethaka Peiris are planning to visit the UK.

Domino’s Pizza has agreed to bear the costs for their trip. The Sunday Island learns that the pizza company has come forward to help the family financially to take the body back to Sri Lanka. 

It is understood that the postmortem will be held only after the parents and the brother arrives in the UK.

Although all the necessary paper work has been handed over to the British High Commission in Colombo, there is a delay in issuing the entry clearance visas.

Sri Lanka High Commissioner in London, Dr. Chris Nonis has brought this to the attention of British High Commissioner in Colombo John Rankin and he has promised to issue the visas by November 5, it is learnt.

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London


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