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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Oxford student who stabbed boyfriend could avoid prison because she has an ‘extraordinary’ talent

An Oxford student who slashed her boyfriend with a knife may escape jail time because the judge thinks she is too clever to go to prison.

24-year-old Lavinia Woodward is an aspiring heart surgeon and is so brilliant she has published articles in medical journals. So despite the fact that she physically abused Thomas Fairclough then stabbed him, she will most likely be given a lenient sentence.


The judge said it was "too severe" to lock up Lavina after she stabbed Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a breadknife and hurled a laptop, glass and jam jar at him. Judge Ian Pringle suggested he will waive the usual prison term when he sentences her so that her career will not get damaged.

He said:
"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.
A friend of Lavinia also agreed with the judge, revealing that her friend is really brilliant and could be on the way to winning a Nobel Prize.
"They see her as someone worth the risk of having around. She might win a Nobel Prize, she is that intelligent," the friend said.
Lavinia admitted a charge of unlawful wounding at Oxford Crown Court and immediately after the hearing, she flew to Barbados. She will be returning to Oxford’s historic Christ Church college in the next academic year.

Lavinia met her ex, a Cambridge PhD student, on Tinder. However, on the night of September 30th, the former couple had a heated quarrel. When Thomas threatened to call Lavinia's mother via Skype, she went ballistic and punched him in the face before picking up a bread knife and stabbing him in the leg. The court heard that Lavinia had a very troubled life, battling addiction and suffering abuse by her previous partner.

Though she is likely to avoid jail, she had been slapped with a restraining order and told to stay drug-free and not to re-offend. She will be sentenced on September 25. Meanwhile, on hearing he Judge's statement, Mark Brooks, of the ManKind Initiative which supports male domestic violence victims, said :
"The judge’s comments are unacceptable. This is domestic abuse against a man and the sympathy should be for him."

16 comments:

Emeka Izuogu said...

That's just crazy..so talented lunatics can go free

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Na wa o


... Merited happiness

Uchechi Ndunaka said...

Can't say if the judge's decision is right or wrong. But such talents shouldn't be swept under the rug and that doesn't mean that she should go unpunished.

Anonymous said...

What the actual fuck If this had been the other way around now we would not hear the last of it.

Anonymous said...

She also ought to go for anger management.

Agbomen said...

Hmmm, she is that smart??? Wow!

Anonymous said...

The boyfriend is probably a black guy.

victor kelvin said...

But if it were to be the other way round they will be dere shouting domestic violence or abuse against women.... Linda for no let us hear word....

Vic said...

just thinking out loud if a similar case involved a highly intelligent black British lady. Would the judge have made the same decision in court as well?

Anonymous said...

Lolz, weird judgment. She wasted life but she's brilliant in life saving course(surgery) and because of it lesser sentence.

Bizarre
!

hrm paul said...

Stupid judge am sure she is female.rubbish if its a guy that did d stabbing jail straight away useless people

Anonymous said...

Is she the only intelligent surgeon on earth? What happens when she kills someone? After all, they let her off with only a lenient sentence this time. What is to stop her from doing something worse? If this were a male, the case might be different.

Anonymous said...

Some Oyinbos are really ignorant and dumb. I went through her profile on researchgate and she's had 4 publications in average journals, and she wasn't lead author in any of those. The Nobel prize speculation is way over the line and sounded dumb.

Now what if she's brilliant? So, she gets a pass every time she runs foul of the law? I'm not a lawyer but isn't justice blind?

Hitler was smart too, do we ignore his "not so good" ambition and focus on his brilliance? The smart-evil ones are usually more dangerous in my opinion.

Vivian Reginalds said...

HMM
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

uniquechic said...

havent heard smtg so dumb in a long time...
is she d only intelligent gal worlwide...dat judge shd have his license revoked..what if she had killed him..
she obviously has anger issues or even bipolar...u dont condone violence..whoever u r dia is no excsuse for dat..
fucked up country...

Anonymous said...

You still haven't learnt how to cite articles. Dunno if it's ignorance or gross recklessness that's worrying you.

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