A DAD was slashed across the face and robbed of hundreds of pounds in a terrifying knife attack.
Steven Turnbull, 37, today told how he has been left with a bloody scar on his face and bruises to his back and ribs.
Mr Turnbull had just started his journey home when three hooded men assaulted him.
He was making his way through the subway between Sunderland Street and Houghtonside Estate, in Houghton, to get a bus.
Mr Turnbull, dad to Luke, four, was punched and kicked to the ground before the gang stole his wallet, which had £350 in it.
Mr Turnbull has been babysitting girlfriend Gemma Pattinson’s children, Layton, two, and Caitlyn, three months.
When Gemma came back he left her home in Stanley Street with the aim of going to the bus stop on the A690 Houghton Cut road.
Recalling the attack, he said: “I noticed three lads on the path and though nothing of it really.
“Then, when I was walking through the subway they came from behind and pushed me to the floor.
“They started swearing and threatening me, asking for my mobile phone.
“I said ‘I have nothing’.
“One of them said ‘Just lash him, just lash him’, and that’s when I felt a knife go down my face.
“They took the £350 out of my wallet. That was for clothes for my little boy. I had promised to get him some new things after Christmas.”
After being on the floor for around 10 minutes, Mr Turnbull managed to go back to Gemma’s house, where the police were called.
An ambulance took him to Sunderland Royal Hospital to be checked over before he was checked over and released.
The attack comes just two months after Mr Turnbull’s dad Thomas Brooks, 88, died.
He lives with his mum Mary, 68, in Grangetown.
Mr Turnbull, who is on disability living allowance, admits that he has had trouble sleeping since the incident.
He is now choosing to get taxis to and from Ms Pattinson’s home.
“I’ve been attacked before and been on anti-depressants,” he added.
“I’m trying to get on with my life and this has brought it all back.”
The incident happened between 9.50pm and 10.10pm, last Wednesday.
Mr Turnbull added that he couldn’t see the faces of any of the three offenders, who were all wearing dark clothing, because they had them covered up.
Graham Finlay, neighbourhood inspector for the area, said: “We are doing all we can to trace his attackers and would ask that anyone with information gets in touch with us as they could greatly assist with our enquiries.”
People with information can contact police on 03456 043 043 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.