Oxford University student who assaulted her lover with a knife could avoid jail

Lavinia Woodward swiped at her lover with the knife, before stabbing him in the leg.
By Harry Marcolis | May 17, 2017
An Oxford University student who stabbed her Tinder lover with a bread-knife could survive from a jail sentence after a judge said a custodial sentence would damage her future career as a heart surgeon.

Lavinia Woodward swiped at her lover with the knife, before stabbing him in the leg.

The 24-year-old then hurled a laptop, a water glass, and a jam jar at the boyfriend during the drink and drug-catalyzed fight at Christ Church College, Oxford.

Woodward, who currently resides in Milan, Italy, previously admitted unlawful wounding at an earlier hearing.

Presiding Judge Ian Pringle said the offense would usually lead to a prison term, but he instead delayed sentencing and hit the assailant with a restraining order to stay drug-free and not to commit further offenses.

"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 to the court.

According to Prosecutor Cathy Olliver, Woodward met her ex-lover online.

The prosecutor added that at the time of the attack on September 30, Woodward's behavior "deteriorated."

The boyfriend called Woodward's mother on Skype, upon which his then-lover punched him in the face before assaulting him with the knife.

The defendant's lawyer, James Sturman argued that his client's dreams of becoming a surgeon were "almost impossible" because her conviction would have to be disclosed.

The defense lawyer added that his client had a "very troubled life", struggled with drug addiction, and had been abused by another ex-lover.

Woodward will be sentenced on September 25.

 

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