An Oxford college student accused of stabbing a man she met on Tinder may avoid jail time after a judge called the incident “a complete one-off.”
BBC reports that 24-year-old Lavinia Woodward, a college student with plans of becoming a neurosurgeon, stabbed her then-boyfriend in the leg with a knife, punched him in the face, and threw her laptop and a glass jar at him while she was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. She started dating the victim, a Cambridge student, after she met him on the popular dating app, Tinder.
Lavinia Woodward punched & swiped at her male Tinder partner with a bread knife during a drink-&-drug fuelled row. https://t.co/wYPpNQRAqc
— Ross Bowler (@BowlerBarrister) May 16, 2017
According to Judge Ian Pringle QC, most anyone found guilty of such violence would be sentenced to jail, yet he delayed her sentencing ordered to stay away from drugs, alcohol, and the man she attacked.
“It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinary 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.”
According to Prosecutor Cathy Olliver, the attack, which occurred on September 30, sparked after the victim contacted Woodward’s mother on Skype to talk about the student’s “deteriorating behavior.” Apparently infuriated, Woodward attacked him. Her defense attorney, James Sturman QC, said his client was addicted to drugs after living through a previous abuse relationship. He claimed that making her conviction public would ruin her chances of becoming a neurosurgeon.
Sentencing for Lavinia Woodward is scheduled for September 25.
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