Simon San death teen set free despite crime spree

Delivery driver Simon San was killed while walking from his car. Picture: contributed
Delivery driver Simon San was killed while walking from his car. Picture: contributed
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A TEENAGER jailed for his role in the death of tragic takeaway driver Simon San wrecked a woman’s house after breaking in on Christmas Eve and holding wild parties.

Serial offender Keir Rodger and his friends trashed her home during their unwelcome stay, scrawling graffiti on walls and ripping out light sockets.

But despite racking up the fresh conviction, the 19-year-old was told at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday that he will still be released from prison in less than two weeks.The tearaway was freed early from a 24-month sentence for assaulting Mr San, 40, in August 2010, and soon embarked on a crime spree.

Rodger is due to be let out of Polmont Young Offenders Institution on October 22 after serving around half of a 26-month sentence for ­joyriding and housebreaking.

Now it has emerged he earlier carried out the Christmas break-in. The decision to free Rodger was today condemned as the “perfect case study into everything that’s wrong with automatic early release”.

Depute fiscal Susan Dickson told the court that Rodger and others broke into the home in Windsor Lane, Penicuik, on December 24, 2011.

The victim – an ex-girlfriend of Rodger’s older brother – had left to stay with family, and when she returned on December 27, she found light switches, fittings and fire alarms ripped from the living room wall. Graffiti on the wall read, ‘Here are Brian, KR and Amy’, while bottles of alcohol and food were scattered about.

Police linked saliva found on a bedroom wall to Rodger, who was detained on February 29 last year. Only days after being bailed, Rodger was arrested for breaking into houses to steal car keys and leading police on high-speed chases. In June last year, he was ordered to serve the remaining 158 days from his sentence for assaulting Mr San, as well as a consecutive 21-month term for joyriding.

Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: “It sounds like you could write a book on this individual as the perfect case study into ­everything that’s wrong with automatic early release.

“This man has repeatedly made people’s life a misery, yet he will be set free early once again. There is a very blatant risk, based on previous form, that he will end up in front of the courts in no time having found yet more innocent victims of his criminal habits.”

Mr San was killed by a single punch from 16-year-old John Reid, who was sentenced to five years’ detention in October 2010 after admitting culpable homicide. The 40-year-old was attacked outside his family’s Chinese takeaway.

Sheriff Alistair Noble deferred sentence on the break-in for six months for Rodger, formerly of Restalrig Drive, to be of good behaviour.