Woman Who Stabbed And Abused Boyfriend May Not Serve Any Time For Attack
A student from Oxford University may be pardoned from serving any time in jail because the judge believes she has an “extraordinary talent,” despite attacking her boyfriend with a knife.
On September 30, Lavinia Woodward and her boyfriend got involved in a heated argument that was fueled by drugs and alcohol. The boyfriend threatened to call Woodward’s mother and that set her in a fit of rage. The 24-year-old punched her boyfriend in the face, then stabbed him in the leg with a bread knife, threw a laptop, a glass, and a jar of jam at him (Attacking someone with a jar of jam might be the most British form of attack ever).
Woodward, who was studying at Christ Church College, Oxford at the time, and her boyfriend, who studied at Cambridge, met each other on Tinder and started dating earlier that semester.
Woodward, who is an aspiring heart surgeon, admitted to her crimes in an Oxford Crown Court. Judge Ian Pringle said the offense would normally mean a jail sentence, but going to prison could jeopardize her potential.
“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,” the judge said.
The judge deferred sentencing for a period of four months and hinted that she would not be jailed because of her “extraordinary talent.”
Oxford said they would allow her to return to study in October because she “is that bright” and had articles published in medical journals including Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Hypertension, and The Journal of Physiology.
However, she is unlikely to be able to become a surgeon as her criminal conviction would have to be disclosed.
Woodward now lives in Milan, Italy with her mother.
Lavinia was given a restraining order and told to stay drug-free.
Woodward will be sentenced on September 25. She