Last order grabs the life of brilliant IT graduate

Sheffield: The family of a pizza delivery driver who was stabbed to death as he delivered his last ever order before starting a dream job have described him as “the most caring and loving son a parent could have”.

Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, 25, was killed on Sunday night as he was delivering a Domino’s take-away in the Southey area of Sheffield.

He had been working for the chain’s branch on Halifax Road in the city, while he studied IT at Sheffield Hallam University.

Mr Peiris had been taking an order to an address in Southey Crescent, which was due around 10pm. When he failed to arrive, his work colleagues went to look for him. He was found dead at 10.30pm in the driver’s seat of his silver Toyota Yaris, outside the address he was delivering to.

A post-mortem examination showed that he died from stab wounds.

More than 50 police staff are involved in the investigation and his family are understood to be making plans to travel to South Yorkshire.

Yesterday, the officer leading the murder inquiry, Detective Superintendent Lisa Ray, said she did not know why Mr Peiris was killed in an apparently random attack.

She said robbery was a possibility but it appeared no money had been taken.