Former Cathedral teacher left in coma by brutal Thai attacker returns home to Yorkshire

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A teacher left in a coma after he was brutally assaulted in Thailand has returned to Yorkshire as his parents prepare to face his alleged attacker again in court.

Former Cathedral Academy teacher Adam Pickles has yet to wake more than a year after he was set upon in Pattaya, where he lived and taught English.

The father-of-one was transferred to Woodlands Respite Care Centre in York last Thursday to continue his rehabilitation after six months at the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability in London.

It means his parents, Adele and Andrew, of Leeds, and his fellow teachers from Wakefield can visit more often, which it is hoped will help to improve his responses.

Mr Pickles, 41, taught English at Cathedral Academy between 2001 and 2005 and has been supported by fellow teacher Dani Nicholls, of Wakefield.

She said: “I am really looking forward to seeing him again and it will good for us who live up north so we can visit him more regularly.

“Everyone at Cathedral is rooting for him and have been asking how he is getting on.

“Everything is still uncertain at the moment, but there are still small improvements, like him opening his eyes for a more significant amount of time.
“We just hope that he will pull through, never mind how long it takes, as it is very difficult to think of Adam like this as he was such a lively and active person.”

The Pickles will fly to Thailand later this month for the trial of Wolverhampton ex-pat Sean Henry Tinsley, who is accused of their son’s attempted murder.

They will also visit Adam’s son Ben, who lives with his mother Pafan, while they are there.

Fundraising towards legal costs and Adam’s care will continue when his father’s band, John’s Followers, reform after 45 years for a charity gig at in Keighley tomorrow.