Thavisha Peiris pizza delivery murder: Two remanded in custody

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Media captionThe defendants were flanked by security guards in court, as BBC's Gerry Jackson reports

A man and a teenager have been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a pizza delivery driver in Sheffield.

Sri Lankan national Thavisha Lakindu Peiris, 25, was found stabbed in his car in Southey Crescent on Sunday.

He had been making his final delivery for Domino's Pizza before he was due to start a new job as an IT consultant.

Shamraze Khan, 25, of Southey Crescent, and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court.

During a five-minute hearing they spoke only to confirm their identities and were remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on 15 November.

South Yorkshire Police arrested Mr Khan and the teenager on Thursday evening.

Image caption Thavisha Lakindu Peiris had been stabbed several times, a post-mortem exam revealed

Mr Peiris had set off at 21:50 GMT on Sunday to make a delivery in Southey Crescent.

His colleagues found him dead in the driving seat of his Toyota Yaris in a parking bay near the delivery address. A post-mortem examination found he died from multiple stab wounds.

Mr Peiris had been working at the takeaway in Halifax Road after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011.

His parents, Sarath Mahinda Peiris and Sudarma Narangoda, said they had been left "heartbroken" by his death.

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