A pizza delivery man was murdered as he made his final delivery in the job before he started a new career in IT.
25-year-old, Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, was found dead at the wheel of his car after he was stabbed to death. The discovery was made on Sunday evening in Sheffield, England, by fellow workers at Dominos, who found his body slumped in the vehicle. Mr Peiris had recently accepted a new job as an IT consultant.
Lisa Ray, a Detective Superintendent who is now investigating the case, stated that Peiris had died in the “most brutal of fashions,” while she added that it was apparently a motiveless crime.
Ray added, “He was a kind, caring sort of person and not the type that would get into trouble. He was there going about his business and somebody seems to have attacked him without reason.”
She went on to describe the scene of the crime, noting, “This isn’t a major road or a cut-through to anywhere else so we do believe that it is somebody within this local community or somebody with contacts in this community that they may have been visiting.”
Ray then admitted, “At the moment we don’t have any positive leads in terms of who is responsible.”
Mr Peiris had been working at Domino’s Pizza since 2011, after the taking the role while he studied IT at Sheffield Hallam University. The Sri Lankan born Peiris has been described as a “bright, hard-working, intelligent and caring man who had worked hard to develop his career in Sheffield.”
50 police officers are now working on the case, and Peiris’ Toyota Yaris is currently being throughly examined for clues.
Ray went on to state, “His murder is an absolute tragedy and has caused untold grief for his mother, father and brother in Sri Lanka and for his many friends in Sir Lanka and in Sheffield.”
Domino’s staff were alerted to the murder after a customer called to complain that their pizza hadn’t been delivered. Peiris had left the establishment at 21:50 and when his colleagues couldn’t get in contact with him they soon set out to find him.
They then found his car located close to the address that had made the delivery, and the doors of the vehicle were still closed. A post-mortem then revealed that he had died from stab wounds.
Ray concluded, “A family is grieving for a young man whose life has been taken from him in the most brutal of fashions.”
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