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Sister of alleged assault victim seeks justice and remorse from accused

Michael Forry was the victim of a vicious assault that left him in a coma for three weeks.
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May 08, 2013 - 4:49 PM

While RCMP continue to investigate, the sister of a man recovering from brain injuries after being hit over the head with a skateboard is wondering if and when charges are going to be laid.

Police arrested a 15-year-old male on scene after 46-year-old Michael Forry was sent to hospital with head trauma. The youth was later returned to his foster family. Police have since appealled to the public for information.

"Recommendation of charges have not gone to the Crown," said Ann Forry, Michael's sister. "The justice system will not punish him because of his age."

She wants retribution for what sent her brother to hospital, put him in an induced coma for three weeks and left him with potentially permanent brain damage after an incident in March of this year.

Kamloops RCMP say the investigation is ongoing and are following up on tips.

Michael, a Mackenzie resident, was in Kamloops visiting friends and ended up staying much longer than anticipated.

On March 24, he was struck in the head with a skateboard outside the Tranquille Road 7-Eleven convenience store following an altercation with a group of youngsters.

"It's all been hell," Forry said.

Living in Vancouver, she travelled to Kamloops about seven times during Michael's stay at Royal Inland Hospital.

"He was very distressed being away from his family and friends," she said.

Forry advocated to have her brother transferred to Lions Gate Hospital and just yesterday he was delivered by ambulance to the hospital.

She said he's expected to stay in hospital for three to six months depending on his recovery.

Since being brought out of the coma three weeks ago, he has suffered memory loss and had trouble seeing. He's also had pressure relieved from his swollen brain by having a portion of his skull removed.

His skull is to be repaired, then rehabilitation will begin.

As of right now, Forry said her brother is doing well considering the severity of his injury. Time will tell.

"You don't know who the person is going to be until about six months after the (brain) injury," she said.

While she leans on the legal system for justice, she said she ultimately hopes for more.

"It'd be different if this kid was remorseful in some way," she said adding that she's heard of him bragging around Kamloops about taking down a 'big guy.'

"As equally disturbing as the assault itself, is that this boy thinks it's amusing."

Despite her thoughts about justice not working in favour of the victims, she remains optimistic.

"Hopefully they'll press some charges soon."

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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