Four teens appear in court after Simon San death


By Michael MacLeod

FOUR teenagers appeared in court today following the death of a delivery driver in Edinburgh.

Simon San, 40, died in hospital after suffering severe head injuries outside his family’s Chinese takeaway on Wednesday night.

A 16 year-old boy and a 15 year old boy were charged with culpable homicide at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The pair were also charged with assault and robbery, as were another 16 year-old and a 14 year-old boy.

They each made no plea or declaration to the charges and bail applications for all four were refused during brief appearances in private before Sheriff Deirdre MacNeill QC.

The accused 16 cannot be named for legal reasons and will be held in secure children’s accommodation rather than mainstream custodial prisons.

Mr San, who was Vietnamese, was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh but died the following day.

His family paid tribute to him over the weekend.

They said: “Simon was a shy, hard-working and non-indulgent man.

“He would often prioritise others over himself.

“He always believed in the passive way of life and never resorted to any sort of violence.”

Police are continuing their appeal for witnesses to an incident in the capital’s Lochend Avenue.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Blair said: “I would like to thank the public for the strong response to our appeals for information following the tragic death of Simon San.

“Naturally we remain keen to speak to anyone who has any information that can assist our inquiries, and we would urge anyone who has not yet come forward to call Lothian and Borders Police.”