POLICE have praised the 'true bravery' of a woman who was 'lucky to survive' a knife attack at her home.

Risman Naitsoka, 40, of Grove Street, Wantage, stabbed his victim in the chest after she refused to have sex with him.

Despite denying the knife attack and claiming his victim had ‘stabbed herself,’ he was found guilty at Oxford Crown Court last month.

He was jailed last week for nine years for the one offence of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

READ AGAIN: The full report from the original sentencing hearing.

Speaking after the sentencing hearing investigating officer, Detective Constable Martin Whaley, based at Oxford police station, praised the victim's 'true bravery.'

He said: “I am pleased with the sentence the court has passed, and feel it reflects the true gravity of this crime.

“The victim has shown true bravery in seeing this case through, and justice has now rightly been served.

"She is lucky to have survived such an awful assault, and I hope this sentence encourages other victims of such offences to seek help and support themselves.

“The Police and Criminal Justice system are here to fight your corner and to bring offenders to justice.”

During the case it was revealed that the stabbing took place at an address in Wantage on November 5 last year.

Naitsoka had been in a 'romantic relationship' with his victim which was described as 'tempestuous.'

Naitsoka went to the woman's Wantage home and while there he propositioned the woman for sex, which she declined.

A row ensued and he stabbed the woman in the chest, with such force that the handle snapped off.

In a victim personal statement the woman described the incident as her ‘hell day’ and said she had been left traumatised by her ordeal.

Naitsoka was jailed for nine years and made subject to a restraining order for 10 years.