A student who stabbed her boyfriend with a knife might not go to prison because it could ruin her medical career.
Lavinia Woodward is 24 years old and studies at Oxford University. Her boyfriend studies at Cambridge University and they met through Tinder, a dating application. She punched then stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife at Christ Church College during a row full of alcohol and drugs.
The court hearing
Woodward confessed that she injured her boyfriend and that was an illegal act.
Judge Ian Pringle QC said that he would make an exception and accept four months as a sentence. He commented that the ambitious heart surgeon hinting will not go to jail because of her talent.
“It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinary able young lady from not following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to would be a sentence which would be too severe,” he said.
“What you did will never, I know, leave you, but it was pretty awful, and normally it would attract a custodial sentence, whether it is immediate or suspended,” he continued.
Woodward will be convicted on 25 September. The court gave her a restraining order and ordered her to stir away from drugs.
Woodward stays with her mother in Milan, Italy. After hitting him in the face, Woodward stabbed her boyfriend in the leg.
She then threw a laptop, glass as well as a jam jar at him on 30 September last year. She was present in court to hear the judge’s remarks.
Christ Church would probably allow her to come back in October because she “is that bright” and her articles are published in medical journals, the court was told.
“I’m afraid that Christ Church does not comment on the circumstances of individual students,” Christ Church’s spokesperson said.