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The parents of Adam Pickles, a 42 year old man who was attacked in Pattaya almost three years ago have lodged an appeal with the Thai Government to overturn a decision to acquit his attacker.
Adam, a married father of one was left in a coma following a brutal attack by Sean Henry Tinsley, from Woverhampton who is accused of hitting him with an iron bar in a road rage attack in 2012, at the time Adam was in Thailand teaching English.
Las year Adam’s parents Andrew and Adele waited months for a verdict in the case that was repeatedly delayed until finally in September Mr Tinsley was acquitted. Since the decision Mr Pickles has been working closely with his legal team to put together an appeal against the court’s decision. He said: “It became obvious that the only way to get the job done properly was to fly out to Thailand and work with our lawyers in person to ensure everything was in order and all the information was available to the panel of judges.” Mr Pickles has had to frequently travel between Bangkok and Pattaya and said that he needed time to get to grips with the Thai legal system.
He added: “With our team of lawyers and the help of an interpreter/translator we completed all the documents and I handed them over in person to the court.
“We got confirmation that the court have accepted the appeal so it will go ahead.”
Mr Pickles said he did not know how long the appeal would take.
He added: “Adam is improving slowly but we’re cautious about that. There are increasing signs of alertness, but there’s still lots of time when he’s not alert.
“There’s still a very long way to go. It will certainly be months. He still needs 24/7 care.” Following the attack Adam, a former Bradford Grammar School student, 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.
In 2013 his father’s band, John’s Follower, reunited for a charity party and raised £1,590 towards Adam’s care.