Stab attack medical student spared jail

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Image caption Lavinia Woodward had ambitions to your medical profession

An “extraordinary” Oxford University student has avoided jail with regard to stabbing her boyfriend in the lower-leg.

Lavinia Woodward, twenty-four, admitted attacking the man at the girl student accommodation at Christ Chapel College after drinking heavily.

At an earlier hearing Determine Ian Pringle QC said he or she believed a custodial sentence would certainly damage her career.

On Monday she was given the 10-month jail sentence suspended regarding 18 months for inflicting unlawful wounding.

Oxford Crown Courtroom heard Woodward attacked her after that boyfriend, who she had fulfilled on dating app Tinder, whilst he was visiting her keep away from.

She became upset when he contacted her mom on Skype after he noticed she had been drinking.

She threw a laptop with him and stabbed him within the lower leg with a breadknife, furthermore injuring two of his fingertips. Woodward then tried to stab himself with the knife before he disarmed her.

‘Relatively minor’ injuries

The particular court heard Woodward had turn out to be addicted to drugs while in an harassing relationship with a previous boyfriend.

The case was the subject associated with huge debate about inequality within the criminal justice system, prompted from the judge deferring sentencing and explaining the attack as “a finish one-off”.

He previously described Woodward as “an astonishing able young lady” and stated a custodial sentence would harm her hopes of becoming a doctor.

Picture caption The judge stated Woodward had had shown the “strong and unwavering determination” to obtain over addiction

Handing down a hanging sentence, Judge Pringle said there was “many, many mitigating factors” as well as the injuries inflicted were “relatively minor”.

He said the lady had shown a “strong plus unwavering determination” to get over the girl class A drug and alcohol addiction.

“I find that you were honestly remorseful following this event. whilst you really are a clearly highly-intelligent individual, you had a good immaturity about you which was not commensurate for someone of your age. inch

Woodward faced any maximum sentence of three years within prison.

The Leader of Christ Church, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, said Woodward had voluntarily suspended her research.

“It is obviously a matter of regret and sadness whenever any young person blights a good career by committing a criminal offense.

“The question associated with her future will now be determined by the University, which has procedures in position when a student is the subject of the criminal conviction.

“The result of deliberation can be charges of expulsion by the Student Disciplinary Panel, but the length and results of this confidential process… cannot be pre-judged. ”