The coked-up British med student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife has, as was predicted, avoided any jail time because it might damage her career prospects. Because the National Health Service must be so hard up for potential heart-surgeons that they will take anyone apparently. Or something.
From The National:
The case has aroused much media attention in the United Kingdom because the judge hearing the case had suggested at an earlier hearing that Ms Woodward could avoid the possibility of jail time because he didn’t want to impact on her career prospects – she is studying to become a heart surgeon.
This led some British newspapers to claim that Ms Woodward was receiving special treatment because of her connection to Oxford, which last month was named the best university in the world in an authoritative study. The Sun, a downmarket tabloid, wrote that she was “too brainy to be jailed.”
She is currently studying at Oxford’s historic Christ Church college and has had articles published in medical journals. A friend told The Sun: “[The university] see her as someone worth the risk of having around. She might win a Nobel Prize, she is that intelligent.”
The incident happened on December 30, 2016. The judge said her boyfriend visited her, found out she had been drinking, and called her mother, which infuriated Ms Woodward. He said she then attacked him with a bread knife, stabbing him in the lower leg, before turning the knife on herself. He said the boyfriend intervened to prevent her from harming herself.
Mr Fairclough, 25, who was educated at Cambridge University, told a 999 operator: “I think my girlfriend has taken a lot of drugs and is throwing a lot of stuff around the house.”
This frankly leaves me fairly speechless. As the saying goes, “reality has rendered satire obsolete”.