Teenage thugs stab deaf man with nine-inch blade after mocking him for using sign language 'Nicholas had been punched, but still tried to stem the bleeding by putting his hand on his friend's chest'.
Nicholas Roache was attacked on the way home from a pub. The deaf man was knifed in the chest by a boy - possibly as young as 14 - after being mocked because of his disability. In what police have called a ‘shocking, unprovoked attack’, the victim was stabbed twice with a nine-inch kitchen blade.
The man, in his 40s, lost two-and-a-half pints of blood. His friend, Nicholas Roche, 43, who is also deaf, was beaten up by one of the teenagers. Both men are care workers for deaf people with mental health issues. They were just a few yards from Nicholas’ home in Swinton , Salford , when they were set upon by two boys, thought to be between 14 and 17 years old. Nicholas said he is too afraid to return home.