'Extraordinarily able' medic to be allowed back to Oxford college after stabbing partner

The court heard Woodward will return to her studies at Christ Church, Oxford in October
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Lavinia Woodward, of Christ Church College, Oxford, could be spared jail and allowed to return to her studies in October after admitting to a charge of unlawful wounding at Oxford Crown Court, according to a report in The Telegraph.

Woodward punched and stabbed her then-boyfriend – thought to be a Cambridge student – in the leg with a bread knife before throwing a laptop, a glass and a jam jar at him after a row fuelled by drink and drugs on December 30 2016.

Judge Ian Pringle reportedly said the offence would normally mean a custodial sentencing, but deferred sentencing for four months, saying: "it seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinarily 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."

The court heard that she is ‘that bright’, her college will allow her to return in October, and that her articles have been published in medical journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Hypertension, and the Journal of Physiology.

Woodward will be sentenced on 25 September. In the meantime, she has been given a restraining order, and told to remain drug-free and not to re-offend.

Jim Sturman QC, who defended Woodward, said she was unlikely to become a surgeon, as her conviction would have to be disclosed.

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