Sussex

Man who stabbed girl in face guilty of attempted murder

Christopher Parsons
Image caption Christopher Parsons was found with a knife after the attack

A man who stabbed a 16-year-old girl in the face leaving her permanently scarred has been convicted of attempted murder.

Christopher Parsons, 20, from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, carried out the "terrifying" attack on the girl in Lindfield on 20 October last year.

The girl, who cannot be named, was found at a house in the High Street with stab wounds to her face and body.

Parsons was remanded in custody by Hove Crown Court for sentencing on 15 June.

He was also found guilty of possessing an offensive weapon.

Sussex Police said officers had found him in Lindfield recreation ground with a knife after the attack. He was suffering from cuts to his own hands.

"Throughout this investigation, and during the terrifying event itself, this young victim conducted herself in a way one can't help but admire," said Det Insp Dave McCullough.

"She displayed levels of compassion, dignity and self-control one rarely sees.

"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 and maybe now she can refocus her life and move forward."

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