‘No apparent motive for graduate’s murder’

Thavisha Lakindu Peiris
Thavisha Lakindu Peiris

Police were this week appealing for help in finding the killer of a 25-year-old information technology graduate who lost his life in Sheffield “in the most brutal of fashions”.

There appeared to be no explanation for the murder of Thavisha Lakindu Peiris.

Colleagues found him slumped at the wheel of his silver Toyota Yaris in Southey Crescent on Sunday at about 10.30pm after he had delivered his final pizza before starting a career in IT. He had been stabbed.

A murder investigation started with no apparent motive for the killing – no evidence of racism and no certainty Thavisha was robbed, as he still had cash on him and was driving his own car instead of a marked Domino’s Pizza vehicle. But police predicted the killer was “most likely someone local”.

Thavisha had moved from his native Sri Lanka in 2011 to study IT at Sheffield Hallam University. He graduated the same year and was due to start a career with a local IT firm after working part-time at Dominos Pizza in Halifax Road.

Det Supt Lisa Ray said yesterday (Wednesday) 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.”

Fifty officers are on the murder enquiry.

Det Supt Ray said: “I need to hear from anyone who knows anything about his murder – anyone who may have seen 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 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.”