Simon San killer jailed for 5 years

John Reid arrives at the High Court to plead guilty to culpable homicide following the attack on Simon San in 2010. Picture: Greg Macvean
John Reid arrives at the High Court to plead guilty to culpable homicide following the attack on Simon San in 2010. Picture: Greg Macvean

The killer of takeaway driver Simon San has been jailed again after launching two further violent attacks following his early release from prison.

John Reid, who was 16 when he killed Mr San with a single punch outside his family’s restaurant in Lochend, was back in court this week to admit two charges of assault and robbery.

He was originally jailed for five years for the attack on Mr San in 2010 but was released early after serving just three. He was then jailed in 2014 for breaking his parole, and again last year for housebreaking.

Now, after admitting punching a woman repeatedly on the head in Muirhouse and the assault and robbery of another man days later, he was been jailed for a further five years and four months.

Today, the San family lawyer Aamer Anwar said it was clear Reid had not learnt his lesson and that the “best place for him was in jail”.

The High Court heard Reid, who is now aged 23, had robbed a man at knifepoint in his own home in Edinburgh on March 9, assisted by Michael Roberts, 22, who was also involved in the Simon San attack.

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Jailing Reid yesterday, Judge Lord Burns ordered that he be supervised for three years following his release from custody.

Roberts was handed a three year jail sentence for his role.

At proceedings last month, prosecution lawyer Duncan McPhie told the court that Reid first attacked a woman in Muirhouse on March 1 after she challenged him about a motorbike he was revving excessively. When she got out her car and approached Reid he punched her twice on the left side of her face.

Eight days later, Mr McPhie said that the two men targeted the second victim at a house in Gibson Terrace.

The pair attacked him after he withdrew £250 from a nearby cash machine, bursting into his flat with a bread knife with a four-inch blade.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Grainger of Edinburgh Division’s Criminal Investigation Department said after the case: “Reid and Roberts put the victims through an upsetting and frightening experience, which they have now been held to 
account for.

“We treat all crimes of this nature with the utmost seriousness and are committed to using all resources at our disposal to investigate and bring perpetrators before the courts.”

Reid killed Mr San outside his family’s Yong Hua Chinese Takeaway.

Mr San, who was aged 40 at the time of his death, was a British citizen of Chinese origin.

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He was born in Vietnam and came to Scotland aged 12.

At the time, the court heard how Mr San was attacked by a group of “feral” youths including Reid and Roberts.

Mr San fell to the ground during the incident, suffered fatal head injuries and died the following day.

Reid was jailed for culpable homicide while Roberts, who was aged 16 at the time, got 42 months for assault.

Mr Anwar, who represented the San family, said it was clear Reid had not been rehabilitated.

“This individual who tore the heart out of Simon San’s family, took an innocent man’s life that day, clearly hasn’t learnt his lesson and continues to wreak havoc on the community that he is part of.

“The best place for him quite clearly is prison.

“The San family will be deeply upset to see yet again the terror that he has inflicted on other individuals in society.