Sue Simpson wants to bring holiday cheer to son Jessie as her recovers from his most recent surgery.
Mother and son are at Vancouver General Hospital for some corrective surgery for the 23-year-old, who was left with lifelong brain injuries after being attacked in the early-morning hours of June 19, 2016, when he became separated from his group of friends. He wound up on the property of Kristopher Teichreib, near the corner of Holt Street and Clifford Avenue in Brocklehurst.
Teichrieb attacked Jessie with a metal baseball bat and with his fists. According to witnesses, the bulk of the attack took place in the middle of the street after Jessie tried to run from Teichrieb.
In 2018, Teichrieb pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to seven years in prison, where he remains today.
After an emergency brain surgery, Jessie was in a coma until 2017 and was discharged from hospital in April 2018. He now lives in a long-term care facility, where he receives around-the-clock care.
With the holiday season upon us, Sue said she wants to warm her son’s heart.
“He’s a really strong boy. He’s gone through so much and he’s fought on. He loves people and he’s a very big people person,” she said.
“But right now, he can’t have visitors. We usually have a big Christmas party for Jessie and we invite people in the community who have helped us. But because of COVID, we can’t do that and it’s just really hard on him right now.”
Sue said Jessie loves to read, which is why she is asking for Christmas cards this season.
“This is one way to bring joy to him and bring some quality back into his life,” she said. “At 23, when you can’t walk, you’re in a wheelchair in full care, wearing diapers, it’s hard. And to bring any kind of cheer to him, even if it’s just words on paper from people who love him, that will make the difference.”
Christmas cards for Jessie can be sent to P.O. Box 233 Savona, B.C. V0K 2J0.
Meanwhile, a civil trial related to the attack is scheduled to begin in B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 11, 2021.
Last month, Teichrieb was found civilly liable by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Len Marchand. Lawyers representing Simpson have accused Teichrieb of hiding assets after the attack, in anticipation of a lawsuit. Teichrieb is alleged to have sold his $587,000 Clifford Avenue house to his parents for $1 six months after the assault.
With Teichrieb’s liability having been determined, the only issues at trial will be monetary. Simpson’s lawsuit is seeking damages and care costs.
In November, Teichrieb was denied parole. He will be eligible for statutory release on April 2, 2021.