Family's anguish at delay in justice for Keighley teacher attacked in Thailand

Adam with Ben, when he was eight-months-old

Adam with Ben, when he was eight-months-old

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

THE LONG wait for justice is continuing for the parents of Keighley teacher Adam Pickles who was put in a coma after being hit with an iron bar in Thailand.

Andrew and Adele Pickles had expected to hear on Thursday what fate a court in Pattaya had decided on ex-pat Sean Henry Tinsley, of Wolverhampton - the man accused of attacking their son in the popular resort in May 2012.

But instead of a verdict, came news the case was being referred back to the High Court in Bangkok and they will have to wait until August 19 instead.

Mrs Pickles said: "We'd been all geared up for it. We were expecting the news and wanted it to be over. We haven't a clue what is happening, why it is going back and fore. All we know is that we have to wait until August 19."

Married father-of-one Mr Pickles, who had been teaching English in Thailand, was flown back to the UK and spent six months at the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in London before being transferred to Woodlands Respite Care Centre in York, close to his parents home in Thorner.

The 41-year-old former Bradford Grammar School pupil, out of the 17-month coma, has been making some progress but a seizure three weeks ago has seen doctors up his medication again, making him less reactive, said his mother.

His wife from Thailand and his son, Ben, have also travelled from their home to Yorkshire in the hope of spurring on his recovery, but the increased medication has slowed his responses.

"It's a shame really that this has happened while his family are visiting but Ben's been really good, playing around his daddy saying hello daddy, goodbye daddy. We have a blinking system, two blinks mean yes, and when we ask Adam if he knows Ben is here he is blinking twice. |It's a good sign," said Mrs Pickles.

She added: "It's a slow process but we keep edging forwards. It's a bike like two steps forward and three back at the moment. As far as the case goes all we can do is wait and hope."

Fundraising is continuing to help pay for legal costs and Mr Pickles' care.

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