A man has been given an indeterminate prison sentence for the attempted murder of a 16-year-old girl who he stabbed in the face and body, according to police.
Christopher Parsons, 20, of Marlow Drive, Haywards Heath, was found guilty in May of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
He was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court to an indeterminate sentence for the protection of the public and was told he would have to serve nine-and-a-half years before he could be considered for parole.
Detective Inspector Dave McCullough, from Sussex Police, said: "Throughout this investigation, and during the terrifying event itself, this young victim conducted herself in a way one can't help but admire.
"She displayed levels of compassion, dignity and self-control one rarely sees even in those we consider to be paragons in our society.
"A person never recovers from a life-changing event such as this but I, and all my colleagues, sincerely wish her well for the future.
"She has great potential in her and maybe now she can refocus her life and move forward."
The girl was stabbed in the early hours of October last year in Lindfield, West Sussex.
She suffered serious wounds to her face and body which have resulted in permanent scarring.
Parsons was found by police in Lindfield recreation ground. He was in possession of a knife and was suffering from cuts to his own hands.