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Student Walks On Drunken Assault Charges Because Judge Thinks She Is Brilliant

A medical Oxford University could be spared jail time for a stabbing because of her "extraordinary" talent.

It seems that 24-year-old Lavinia Woodward, a student at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed her boyfriend in the leg late last year after a fight.

According to the police report, the couple had a drunken and drugged argument, and Woodward punched her boyfriend and came at him with a bread knife.

She stabbed him in the leg, then threw a laptop, a glass and a jar of jam at him.

Apparently, the man was threatening to call Woodward’s mom when she attacked him, punching him and using a nearby bread knife to stab him in the leg.

The victim is a doctoral student at Cambridge University, started seeing Woodward a few months earlier when they met via the dating app Tinder.

Woodward pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding, and Judge Ian Pringle commented that the serious crime would usually carry jail time.

However, the judge deferred sentencing for four months, hinting that Woodward might not be jailed because of her ''extraordinary'' talent.

The judge explained: "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."

The judge was informed her college would permit her to return to school in the fall because she "is that bright" and has already had several articles published in medical journals.

Woodward is listed as an author of numerous articles in medical journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Hypertension, and The Journal of Physiology.

That said, according to her attorney, she may not be able to become a surgeon as her criminal conviction would have to be disclosed for licensure.

A friend of Woodward’s noted she had come out on top of her year in the pre-clinical tests that all Oxford medical students take at the end of their junior year.

Her attorney also highlighted that the young woman was making "every effort" to get her life back in order, noting: "She has been seeing a counsellor. This is not a soft option - this is a judge giving her a fair chance to prove herself."

Woodward will return to court for final sentencing on September 25. She was also given a restraining order to stay away from her boyfriend and instructed to remain drug-free and commit no more crimes.

Source: Telegraph
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