A medical student at Oxford University avoided a prison sentence for stabbing her boyfriend because the judge felt she was “too clever” for prison, The Goldwater reports.
Lavinia Woodward, 24, stabbed her boyfriend in the leg using a bread knife then threw a laptop, a glass and a jam jar at him in an alcohol and drug-fueled attack.
In a previous hearing, Woodward pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding the victim, which normally would result to a custodial sentence.
But Judge Ian Pringle QC then suggested a jail sentence would be “too severe,” even describing the aspiring heart surgeon an “extraordinarily able young lady” because of her academic record. The judge also delayed sentencing and issued her a restraining order.
The judge’s remarks drew criticism for its leniency and an appearance of class bias.
During her sentencing earlier this week at Oxford Crown Court, Woodward’s 10-month prison sentence was suspended, which means she avoids going to jail unless she commits another offense within the next year and a half.