A medical student in Oxford England has been allowed to skate free of a prison sentence because she is 'too bright' for prison. 24-year-old Lavinia Woodward was handed a 10-month prison sentence with 18-months suspended for stabbing her boyfriend at the time with a knife. Woodward attends Christ Church college and was meant to be sentenced earlier this year but the judge gave her four months to prove herself and stay out of trouble.
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The 24-year-old medical student admitted to intentionally stabbing her ex-boyfriend in the leg with a bread knife on December 30th last year. The victim attends Cambridge University and was visiting Woodward in Oxford when he was attacked. He discovered Woodward had been drinking and called her mother to inform her which made Woodward very angry. She began throwing things at him and eventually escalated the violence to the point of stabbing him in the leg. Woodward's attorney, James Sturman, argued that she is a "different woman" to the judge saying, "What she has done since May is do everything Your Honour asked of her. She will be going back into rehab to get over the trauma and get over the issues that bedeviled her since she was nine years old." Her attorney told the court that she has since admitted herself to a rehab facility and has been fired from her job after being recognized from the news reports.
Judge Ian Pringle said "There are many mitigating features in your case. Principally, at the age of 24, you have no previous convictions of any nature whatsoever. Secondly, I find that you were genuinely remorseful following this event and indeed, it was against your bail conditions you contacted your partner to fully confess your guilt and your deep sorrow for what happened. Thirdly, whilst you are a clearly highly intelligent individual, you had an immaturity about you which was not commensurate for someone of your age.
Fourthly, as the reports from the experts make clear, you suffer from an emotionally unstable personality disorder, a severe eating disorder, and alcohol-drug dependence. Finally, and most significantly, you have demonstrated over the last nine months that you are determined to rid yourself of your alcohol and drug addiction and have undergone extensive treatment including counseling to address the many issues that you face."
This type of leniency in a violent crime such as stabbing is very unusual. It reeks of an unspoken 'privilege' that would be almost unheard of if any ethnic minority was in her place. Just the fact that the university is even considering allowing her to come back to learn a field where she is responsible for caring for other people is just shocking.
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