Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Delivery driver Simon San killed in Edinburgh attack

Loch Inn and Yong Hua Garden takeaway
Image caption The attack happened outside the Yong Hua Garden takeaway

A murder investigation is under way following the death of a 40-year-old delivery driver in Edinburgh.

Simon San was assaulted by a group of youths in Lochend Avenue, outside the Yong Hua Garden takeaway where he worked.

Mr San, who was of Vietnamese origin, suffered severe head injuries and died after being taken to hospital.

Police believe the incident, which happened at 2200 BST on Wednesday, was unprovoked.

They said the attack appeared to have been carried out at random by three youths, aged about 16 or 17, who had been part of a larger group.

A police spokesman said Mr San got out of his Smart car before being assaulted by a male, which resulted in him falling and banging his head on the ground.

The suspects escaped west from Lochend Avenue into a small lane next to Bethlehem Way, which leads to Hawkhill.

Mr San was taken to the Royal Infirmary with a suspected brain injury, but died on Thursday morning.

The main suspect is described as being 5ft 10in tall, with short black hair, a slim face, and wearing a black fleece.

A male accomplice was said to have been about 5ft 2in tall, with short blond hair, wearing grey jogging pants and a white polo shirt.

Mr San, who is understood to have cared for his two elderly parents in Glenallan Drive, was said to have been discovered lying on the road by a barmaid from the Loch Inn pub, which sits next door to the takeaway.

Loch Inn owner Peter Swanson said the takeaway has been targeted by local youths since it opened about eight months ago.

'Unprovoked attack'

He said: "This isn't a bad area at all except for a few rats who tend to hang around outside the takeaway.

"They often throw empty cans at the shop and have been bothering them for a long time.

"My barmaid who was working at the time said the youths had been sitting on Mr San's car and shaking it. She thinks he was attacked when he went out to try and stop them."

Floral tributes were left at the scene with one card reading: "So tragic. Such a lovely lad."

Det Ch Insp Gareth Blair said: "This was an unprovoked attack that has resulted in the tragic death of a man who was simply going about his daily business as normal, and we are making an urgent appeal for witnesses to help us trace those responsible.

"Anyone who was in the area of Lochend Avenue last night, who either witnessed the assault or noticed a group of youths close to the Loch Inn Pub, should contact police as a matter of urgency."