THE wife of a caregiver who was nearly beaten to death by a gang of teenagers said he was “left with nothing” after the attack.
Alan Willson suffered catastrophic brain injuries after being beaten and hit with a log by the teenagers at Longcroft Park in Worthing on Easter Sunday last year.
The father, who stepped in to defend a boy who was consecutively bullied over a Frisbee, is still unable to speak or write more than a year later.
His wife, Annie, said she was forced to sell belongings to raise funds for Alan’s medical expenses.
She said: “We have no income and we have been waiting for the criminal violations for a year [compensation] get through
“My Universal Credit will be stopped. I’ve sold every single piece of jewelry I own. I’m about to sell a kidney. I do not have anything.
“Other people don’t understand that – because of what they’ve done, I have nothing. I didn’t even know these people.”
Annie also said that life has been incredibly difficult to cope with the extent of Alan’s injuries.
She said: “I haven’t really spoken to my husband in over a year. I miss it – I miss it a lot.
“Daily life is very difficult for him. He knows what he wants to say, but he just can’t say it. If he’s in pain, we don’t know he’s in pain.
“I can not help it. I have to get on with life to support Alan and keep his spirits up.”
Brothers George and Archie Tilley, who were just 13 and 14 at the time of the attack, were sentenced to 12 years in prison for GBH willfully, while 18-year-old accomplice Harry Furlong was sentenced to 20 months in prison for GBH without intention.
Furlong could be released on license later this month, which has caused Annie to lose faith in the justice system.
She said: ‘Is that what my husband’s past life is worth? It’s terrible. At 20 months we were not satisfied at all.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20673547.wife-worthing-dad-left-nothing-since-vicious-attack/?ref=rss Worthing father’s wife left ‘with nothing’ since vicious attack