A woman who stabbed her boyfriend during an argument may not face jail time because of her “extraordinary” talent in medicine.
Lavinia Woodward, 24, is an Oxford University student who has aspirations of becoming a heart surgeon. She’s also a piece of human filth that slashed at Thomas Fairclough, a Cambridge University student and her boyfriend. Not only that, but after stabbing him she threw a laptop, a glass, and a jar at him.
And you thought your ex was crazy.
The victim had only just begun to date her earlier that year after meeting her on the Tinder dating app.
When the two fought, and he threatened to call Woodward’s mother after the girl had displayed behavior that had worried him, the girl then punched him before brandishing a bread knife and stabbing him in the leg.
Any sane person would have said that violent actions like that would deserve jail time, at the very least, but the judge over the court case didn’t see it that way. Because she was an aspiring doctor, he has suggested that he may not go with giving her prison time, since it could damage her future career.
The judge said: “It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinarily 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.
“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.”
From The Telegraph:
The court was told her college will allow her to return to in October because she “is that bright” and has had articles published in medical journals.
However, she is unlikely to be able to become a surgeon as her criminal conviction would have to be disclosed, said Jim Sturman QC, defending.
Woodward’s name appears on articles published in medical journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Hypertension, and The Journal of Physiology.
A source said that her ambition had been to cure heart disease, and added that she had come top of her year in the pre-clinical tests that all Oxford medical students take at the end of their third year.
Woodward, who was present in court for the sentencing hearing, is currently believed to be on holiday in Barbados. She is set to return to the university for the next academic year.
After the case Mr Sturman said that Woodward had been making “every effort” to get her life back on track and added: “She has been seeing a counsellor. This is not a soft option – this is a judge giving her a fair chance to prove herself.”
Do you think those same concessions would have been given if she were a man? Do you think the press would only run “glamor” images of him, or a drunken mug shot?
It’s absolutely sickening to think she might get away with this.
H/T: The Telegraph