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Oxford student who stabbed boyfriend spared jail term due to ‘academic talent’

AP
Published : May 17, 2017, 8:35 pm IST
Updated : May 17, 2017, 8:35 pm IST

Oxford Crown Court Judge Ian Pringle suggested he might not give her a custodial sentence.

 Lavinia Woodward. (Photo: Facebook)
  Lavinia Woodward. (Photo: Facebook)

London: A British judge has deferred sentencing an Oxford University student who pleaded guilty to stabbing her boyfriend in a drug-fuelled argument, after remarking that the "extraordinary" woman might not be able to become a surgeon.

Oxford Crown Court Judge Ian Pringle last week put off sentencing 24-year-old Lavinia Woodward until September. He suggested he might not give her a custodial sentence.

 

The Oxford Times reported that Pringle reasoned 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."

Francis FitzGibbon, the Criminal Bar Association chair, said on Wednesday that Pringle has given her a chance to address her drug addiction before sentencing.

Tags: oxford university, stabbing, oxford crown court
Location: United Kingdom, England, London