A man who stabbed a woman in Southwick, has been jailed for 13 years and six months.
Bradley Wright, of Highdown in Southwick, stabbed his victim in the chest.
The 34 year old Wright used a five-inch knife and also fractured the victim’s eye socket.
Hove Crown Court heard the Wright attacked his 34-year-old victim when she turned up at his home at 8.30am on Saturday 16 September last year.
The two knew each other, but a row had broken out between them.
The victim was rushed to hospital where her heart stopped beating.
Medical evidence proved the knife had connected with her lung and heart.
She underwent emergency surgery which saved her life.
Doctors said she had a nine to 12 per cent chance of survival.
Detective Constable Seb Day said:
“The victim was very lucky to survive after she suffered life threatening injuries.
“We are pleased that Wright has been given a substantial jail sentence and taken off the streets.”
The victim’s 28-year-old friend, who had accompanied her to Wright’s house, was also punched by him and suffered a broken nose.
Wright was arrested and charged with with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, assault and assaulting a police officer on the way to custody.
He was found guilty on 19 March following an eight day trial and sentenced to 13 years and six months.