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David Potts jailed for stabbing woman in Nottingham

David Potts Image copyright Nottinghamshire Police
Image caption Police said David Potts stabbed the victim because she did not reciprocate his romantic feelings

A man has been jailed for ten years for stabbing a woman who lay in a bed at his home in Nottingham.

David Potts, 35, of Bramcote Walk, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court following his conviction for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Police said Potts' 30-year-old victim was staying at his flat on 24 October when the attack took place.

She escaped after being stabbed several times in the stomach, according to detectives.

'Terrified and traumatised'

Det Con Gina Farrell, of Radford Road CID, said Potts attacked the woman because she did not reciprocate his romantic feelings.

She said: "This was a horrific and unprovoked attack on someone who thought they were staying with a friend.

"The repercussions of the events of 24 October have been made clear through the victim's own bravery as she put the experience into her own words in court."

The victim chose to read out her personal statement.

Nottinghamshire Police said it was the first time it had been done in a Nottingham court, since legislation around the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime was introduced in December.

She described before the court how the attack had affected her life and the extent of the injuries she sustained.

Judge Michael Stokes told Potts: "Whilst she was lying in bed you attacked her. She must have been absolutely terrified and traumatised.

"She thought she was going to die and she had every reason to believe that was the position."

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