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‘I’m too privileged’ Lavinia Woodward, Oxford surgeon student to avoid jail after stabbing lover

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Pictured, Oxford University aspiring heart surgeon, Lavinia Woodward. All images via social media.

Lavinia Woodward an Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend might avoid prison after a judge infers the aspiring heart surgeon is too special.

Lavinia Woodward a 24 year old aspiring heart surgeon who knifed her lover during a drug and drink fueled binge may avoid jail after a judge hinted the Oxford student is too ‘clever’ for prison.

The sentiment comes after Woodward stabbed boyfriend, Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a breadknife along with hurling a laptop, glass and jam jar at him.

Rather than risk the aspiring surgeon’s upwardly trajectory, Judge Ian Pringle suggested that he was open to waiving the usual prison sentence in her case it would damage her career.

Told the Judge: 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.’

Woodward, who admitted a charge of unlawful wounding at Oxford Crown Court, flew to Barbados after the hearing reported the UK’s sun.

She has published articles in medical journals and will be returning to Oxford’s historic Christ Church college in the next academic year after the college agreed to allow the ‘gifted’ student to return.

Told a friend: ‘They see her as someone worth the risk of having around. She might win a Nobel Prize, she is that intelligent.’

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Pictured Oxford student, Lavinia Woodward
Lavinia Woodward
Lavinia Woodward

Prosecutor Cathy Olliver said Woodward met her ex, a Cambridge PhD student, on Tinder.

She said on September 30, the night of the attack, they argued and Woodward’s behavior ‘deteriorated’.

When Fairclough threatened to contact Woodward’s mum on Skype she punched him in the face before picking up a bread knife and stabbing him in the leg.

Defending, James Sturman QC said his client’s dreams of becoming a surgeon were ‘almost impossible’ as her conviction would have to disclosed.

The court heard Woodward had a ‘very troubled life,’ battling addiction and suffering abuse by another ex.

Judge Pringle will sentence her on September 25 but she has been slapped with a restraining order and told to stay drug-free and not to re-offend.

Lavinia Woodward
Lavinia Woodward

Asked to comment on Woodward’s case, a spokesman for Christ Church said, ‘I’m afraid that Christ Church does not comment on the circumstances of individual students.’

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.’

Which is to wonder what ruling the justice system would be leaning towards had the genders been reversed and if Woodward wasn’t part of the upper echelons of social privilege…

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Pictured Oxford student, Lavinia Woodward
Lavinia Woodward
Pictured Oxford student, Lavinia Woodward
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  • Mark Bellamy

    It’s pretty clear she was given the pretty white girl pass.

  • If Lavinia was a man she wouldn’t have even made bail. What’s equally disconcerting is how Lavinia is getting a ‘get out of jail card’ because she is an Oxford University student. Would the same courtesy have been extended had she been attending a middle of the road school and say just studying a liberal arts degree? What does that suggest about society, class and privilege ….???

  • Steven Wilson

    I’m afraid lavinia is duping everyone. if she were a man everyone knows we’d all expect another attack. Once it’s out the bag it’s out the bag. There is no chance she will progress on her career trajectory. Indeed unless she gets lots of mental health support she’ll either kill someone or herself. vicious addict not genius.