The family of a Kamloops man who will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life after being attacked with a baseball bat four years ago should receive $6-million in compensation, BC Supreme Court heard on Wednesday.
As civil proceedings to determine damages to be awarded in the wake of the Jessie Simpson beating wrapped up in court, lawyer Kelsey O’Bray-Lazar outlined the damages and lost wages being sought in the wake of the 2016 altercation.
Simpson’s mom, Sue Simpson, is seeking the upper limit of nearly $400,000 in non-pecuniary damages, aggravated damages totalling $40,000, punitive damages of $40,000, loss of housekeeping capacity at $50,000, another $225,000 for loss of past income, $1,569,000 in lost future income, future care costs of $3.4 million for her son and about $200,000 in her own losses and expenses.
Simpson, who is now 23 years old, was beaten into a coma by Kristopher Teichrieb, who chased him down on a Brocklehurst street the morning of June 19, 2016.
Simpson, then 18, had been celebrating the end of the school year with a group of friends, when he wandered onto Teichrieb’s Clifford Avenue property in Brocklehurst. 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 a 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 months and will spend the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair, due to the violent attack that’s left him disabled in a long-term care home. He suffered serious brain injuries and will never be able to work.
Teichrieb was found civilly liable last fall after Sue Simpson filed a lawsuit on her son’s behalf. Tiechrieb is self-represented, but and had no representation in court. He is currently in jail, having been sentenced in 2018 to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated assault. Tiechrieb had been made aware of the proceedings and served notice of the trial.
Justice Dev Dley said he would issue a verdict within 30 days.
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. That is being dealt with in a separate court proceeding.