Stabbing shocks family
A BRUTAL stabbing attack has shocked the Tweed's Appo family.
Jason Appo, 25, a landscape gardener, was the victim of an unprovoked assault outside his Gold Coast apartment early yesterday.
Mr Appo, who has 15 stitches in his upper right arm, spent most of yesterday morning at Robina Hospital and has been referred to a medical specialist for ongoing treatment.
Mr Appo's wife and four-year-old son were just metres away inside their unit at the time of the attack, about 5.45am.
They were alarmed when he staggered inside bleeding from the vicious wound.
Mr Appo now wonders if he will be unable to work for some time, until the injury heals.
“I'd been out with some mates playing pool on Thursday night and was having a cigarette outside the back door when four guys came up and started making some choice comments,” Mr Appo said.
The former Queensland taekwondo state champion said he was struck in the chest by one of the gang.
He tried to defend himself as two or three of the men aged in their early 20s joined in punching him, before one of the gang stabbed him in the arm.
The men ran away quickly after the stabbing and he did not see the knife.
“I've never seen these guys before, it was just out of the blue.
“It's disgusting, it was pretty much in my backyard.
“But that's not the first time stuff like this has happened in that area.
“Apparently, there was a baseball bat attack on someone a few weeks back.”
Mr Appo's apartment backs on to Ron Penhaligon Drive, Robina, a main through-road.
There is no fence between his back door and the road, but at this stage it is believed there were no witnesses.
Burleigh CIB are investigating the attack.
Mr Appo was given pain medication and anti-biotics at the hos- pital.
He attended South Tweed and Centaur primary schools and Kingscliff High. He has played a lot of football with the South Tweed Bears rugby league club.
He visited his mother, Lyn, at Banora Point yesterday.
“She was just really shocked,” he said.