British Med. Student who stabbed boyfriend may avoid jail because it would damage her career

Lavinia Woodward, (via Guardian)

Never let a little thing like ‘assault with a deadly weapon’ derail your dreams of becoming a heart surgeon. That is the message that an idiotic judge in the UK is sending to Lavinia Woodward, an Oxford University medical student. Ms. Woodward apparently stabbed her boyfriend in the leg with a bread knife, in a reported drug and alcohol-fueled bender. But she is likely to avoid jail time because a criminal assault conviction would prevent her from being hired as a surgeon.

From GuardianUK:

An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife may not go to jail because it could damage her prospects of a medical career, a court has heard.

Aspiring heart surgeon Lavinia Woodward, 24, punched and stabbed her boyfriend during an alcohol-and-drug-fuelled row at Christ Church College. She admitted unlawfully wounding the Cambridge University student, who she met on the dating app Tinder.

Judge Ian Pringle QC, sitting at Oxford crown court, said he would take an “exceptional” course and defer sentence for four months, hinting that Woodward will not be jailed because of her talent. “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,” he said.

The drunk homeless guy who shanks a passerby should pray his case gets assigned to a brilliant jurist like Judge Ian Pringle QC. A criminal conviction will make it hard for him to get a job as well.


  1. elcas says:

    pretty sure that’s the most stupid legal argument ever… unless you’re a professional criminal what kind of carreer won’t get hurt by jailtime

  2. Sam L. says:

    It SHOULD damage her career opportunities, but she’ll be working for the NHS.

  3. cmeat says:

    it was a swipe right knife fight.
    the stabbing you get for the stabbing you got.

  4. Skinnedknuckles says:

    Let’s not forget this happened during ” an alcohol-and-drug-fuelled row”. Just the kind of stable, responsible heart surgeon I’d like working on me;). But as Sam noted, she will probably be working for the NHS and the judge undoubtedly has private health service.

  5. Hannibal says:

    I see that the affluenza defense isn’t confined to the states.

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