Man stabbed in face by violent homophobes

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BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 20: Police stand guard as investigators search a property on Aberdeen Road where a 32-year-old man was arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Joanna Yeates on January 20, 2011 in Bristol, England. Joanna Yeates went missing on December 17 after a night out with work colleagues and her body was later found dumped by the side of the road at Longford Lane on Christmas Day. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Police chase 2 villains disfigured a man for life stabbing in face. They were using homophobic slurs, so police investigate the case as a hate crime attack. 23-year-old Lee Michael of Manchester was injured in the attack on Monday morning coming back home after visiting friends. Mr Michael was trailed by two men who asked for a cigarette, before branding him an F-word.

When he refused them a cigarette, one of the men slashed him in the face with a sharp object, believed to be a piece of glass or a knife. The pair fled the scene as passers-by called the emergency services, with Mr Michael hospitalised with injuries to his cheek and neck.

The victim told Manchester Evening News: “I was panicking. I didn’t know what was going on. They slashed right through my cheek and neck. I was completely covered in blood. I was taken to hospital where I had to have three layers of stitching. They had slashed through the skin, tissue and fat. There were deep cuts across my face and now my face has swollen and I look like the elephant man.” The investigation continues.

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