Bumbling Detective In The Murdered Simon San Case Is 'Promoted.'The family of tragic Chinese delivery driver Simon San today mounted a furious attack on the police, saying they had been left “betrayed” and “sickened”.
Relatives of Simon San hit out after learning that a detective involved in the heavily criticised investigation into the case had been promoted. They said there was no explanation for the decision to promote DCI Gareth Blair to the rank of Superintendent just months after an internal inquiry found “significant failings” in the police’s repeated denials that the killing was racist. Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen made a high-profile public apology for the force’s failings following the case. Today, however, the San family branded that apology a “public show”.
Their statement read:
“We believe that no explanation can justify [the decision to promote DCI Blair] considering the pain [he] and his colleagues have inflicted on the family. We feel deeply betrayed by Lothian and Borders Police and by Mr Allen in particular. We trusted Mr Allen to do right for the family, however we now feel Mr Allen says one thing but does the other. Some of our family members felt sickened by the news and no longer wish to have any interaction with the police on this matter. We feel the trust we had in the police is completely lost. We now feel the public apology was just a public show. We feel we have been lied to by Mr Allen as he continually reassured us the complaints were being handled seriously by the force and by himself.”
Mr San, 40, died last August after an attack by a gang as he parked outside his family’s takeaway in Lochend Road. Mr San’s head hit the ground with fatal force after one attacker, John Reid, 16, struck him with a single blow.
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