Stabbing somebody is usually an offense punishable by prison especially when it wasn’t done in self-defense. But Lavinia Woodward, a 24-year-old Oxford University student may be pardoned from any prison time and the reason is actually pretty crazy.
So, Woodward reportedly stabbed her ex-boyfriend who she met on Tinder while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. She also reportedly threw a laptop, glass, and jam jar before proceeding to stab herself.
Woodward even admitted to her crimes in court but Judge Ian Pringle QC at Oxford Crown Court believes that the 24-year-old should not face the full brunt of the law for her actions because he thinks the attack was “a complete one-off” and “To prevent this extraordinary, able young lady from following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to, would be a sentence which would be too severe,” he said.
It was also noted by the court that Woodward lived a “troubled life” and suffered abuse at the hands of a previous boyfriend. And given that Woodward wants to be a surgeon if she was convicted it would be “almost impossible” for her to get hired. A conviction will ultimately ruin all her chances of becoming a surgeon.
Now, it is unsure whether or not Woodward would still be convicted but as of now, her sentencing has been deferred to September. Until then the court ordered Woodward to remain drug-free.
Francis FitzGibbon, the chair of the Criminal Bar Association said in an interview with the BBC: “The judge must take into account determination or demonstration of steps to address addiction, so it sounds as though he’s giving her a chance and I think the judge would do that for anyone wherever they came from in the right circumstances. I don’t know if her future prospects are the critical factor in this. Maybe if she does really badly [on her drug rehabilitation] he’ll think again.”
Now I’m curious to know what you folks think of this? Do you think the judge is right for being lenient on Woodward? Let me know on Facebook or in the comments section below.