The family of a young Kamloops man who suffered life-altering injuries in a violent 2016 beating outside a Brocklehurst home has accused his attacker of signing over his house to his parents in an illegal effort to protect his assets from a large potential civil judgement.
Using an aluminum baseball bat, Kristopher Teichrieb beat Jessie Simpson into a coma on June 19, 2016.
Simpson, then 18, had been out celebrating the end of the school year with a group of friends when he wandered onto Teichrieb’s Clifford Avenue property. Teichrieb, who had been threatening vigilante action against neighbourhood thieves in the months leading up to the attack, grabbed a baseball bat and confronted Simpson.
Simpson fled, running onto the street, but Teichrieb caught up to him and began levelling blows with his bat and his fists.
Multiple neighbours called 911 and police arrived within minutes to find Teichrieb straddling a motionless Simpson saying, “I got him.”
Teichrieb's bloody baseball bat was found nearby. Police said they found no evidence of theft or a break-in.
Simpson was in a coma for more than six months. His condition has seen modest improvements in the years since but he remains susceptible to infection and will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life.
A lawsuit was filed on Simpson’s behalf on Feb. 20, 2018, seeking damages for personal injury and loss.
Teichrieb pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault on Oct. 23, 2018, and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
A notice of civil claim filed this week in B.C. Supreme Court on Simpson’s behalf states Teichrieb, following the attack, sold his $587,000 Clifford Avenue home to his parents for $1. According to the claim, the transfer was signed on Jan. 17, 2017, and registered at the Kamloops Land Titles office seven months later.
“The transfer of Clifford Avenue by Kristopher Teichrieb and Mandy Windis [Teichrieb’s former girlfriend and co-owner of the home] was made with the intent of delaying, hindering or defeating the recovery of damages that Simpson will be awarded in the civil action together with other claims or damages that Simpson is to receive in compensation for the injuries inflicted on him by Kristopher Teichrieb,” the claim reads.
“The Teichriebs participated in the transfer of Clifford Avenue for the express purpose of defeating any future claims brought by Simpson. The Teichriebs knew that receiving Clifford Avenue for no consideration reduced Kristopher Teichrieb’s assets such that he would be rendered insolvent, to the prejudice of Simpson.”
The claim asks the court to declare the $1 transfer a fraudulent conveyance and render it void, meaning any potential damages awarded to Simpson could come from the sale of the home.
Teichrieb, his parents and Windis have three weeks to respond to the claim once they have been served. None of the allegations in the claim have been proven in court.
Teichrieb became eligible for full parole in January but remains in prison. His sentence will expire in June 2022.