Teenagers stab deaf man and beat up friend after mocking them for using sign language

Teenage thugs ‘as young as 14’ beat up deaf care worker, 43, after mocking him for using sign language then stab his friend, 46, twice in the chest in ‘shocking, unprovoked attack’

-Nicholas Roche, 43, was with deaf friend when they were attacked by teens

-Peter Houghton, 46, lost two-and-a-half pints of blood when he was stabbed

-Attack happened shortly after leaving Last Orders pub in Greater Manchester

-Police are hunting for two teenage boys, aged between 14 and 17 years old

A deaf man was stabbed in the chest and his friend was beaten up by boys as young as 14 after they were mocked because of their disability.

Nicholas Roche, 43, was beaten up while his friend Peter Houghton, 46, was stabbed twice in the chest with a nine-inch knife shortly after leaving the Last Orders pub in Swinton, Greater Manchester.

Mr Houghton was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he remains in the critical care unit following surgery after losing two-and-a-half pints of blood.

Both work as care workers and the attack happened close to where Mr Roche lives. The innocent victim says he is now too afraid to return home.

Jonathan Goodwin, a friend of the men, said: “They had been for a quiet pint at the Last Orders pub in Swinton and were walking home.

“They were talking to each other using sign language when two youths approached them.

“Nicholas tried to explain that they were deaf and they began taking the mickey saying ‘you f****** what’.

“One then turned away then stabbed (Nicholas’ friend) at least twice in the chest.

“Nicholas had been punched, but still tried to stem the bleeding by putting his hand on his friend’s chest.

“He then knocked on five doors nearby before someone answered and called an ambulance for him.

“(The stabbing victim) was initially in a bad way. I have seen him in intensive care and he now seems okay.

“He is in the critical care unit with a nurse at his side at all times. He is out of danger now, but it could have been so much worse.”

Nicholas and the other man were walking near the junction of Mossfield Road and Dewberry Close shortly before midnight on Thursday, July 26, when they were approached by the two boys.

Jonathan added: “Nicholas says he has had trouble in the past, which he has raised with City West, his housing association.

“He has asked them for help after the windows of his house were broken and his car tyres were slashed.

“He has had people taking the mickey and giving him ‘V’ signs. He thinks the stabbing was meant for him. He has had three years of grief.

“He has recently got a job which he had wanted for ages and was buzzing, now this has left him distraught.”

One of the attackers was around 5ft 6, white, of thin build and between 14 and 17-years-old.

He was wearing a grey Adidas tracksuit, sports shoes, a hooded top with the hood zipped up.

The teenager was holding a kitchen knife, which was around a foot long and had a pink handle.

The second boy was around 5ft tall, white, of thin build, with short black hair.

He was wearing a grey sports jumper, tracksuit bottoms and was also between 14 and 17-years-old. Both youths were right handed.

Constable James Wakeley, of GMP’s Salford Division, said: “This was a shocking, unprovoked attack on two friends who were simply walking home after enjoying a night out at the pub.

“They tried to calm the situation by explaining as best they could that they were deaf, but were met with violence.

“We are thankful that the victim who was stabbed is recovering well in hospital, but this could have been a different story.

“We would urge anyone who has any information on this crime to contact police immediately.”

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Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6015387/Swinton-teen-thugs-attack-stab-deaf-care-workers.html
Source : https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/deaf-man-stabbed-sign-language-14973256

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