Nick Ferrari Slams Judge's Decision To Spare Oxford Student Jail

  • Nick Ferrari Slams Judge's Decision To Spare Oxford Student Jail

Nick Ferrari Slams Judge's Decision To Spare Oxford Student Jail

Twenty-four-year-old aspiring surgeon Lavinia Woodward has been handed a 10-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months for the assault, which took place during a drug-fuelled fight at her university campus of Christ Church College.

Her lawyer, James Sturman, said in court that Woodward would not be returning to Oxford this year due to public interest in the case.

Pringle added that there were many "mitigating factors" that led him to the decision to suspend her sentence, including the fact that the injuries inflicted on Woodward's boyfriend were "relatively minor".

"Principally at the age of 24, you have no previous convictions of any nature whatsoever", he said.

"Secondly, I find that you were genuinely remorseful following this event and, indeed, it was against your bail conditions, you contacted your partner to fully confess your guilt and your deep sorrow for what happened". She also threw a laptop, glass and jam jar at him during the attack, injuring two of his fingers, said the Guardian.

"Thirdly, while you are a clearly highly-intelligent individual, you had an immaturity about you which was not commensurate for someone of your age. Your partner managed to partly restrain you, albeit then you started to turn the knife on yourself and he had to further disarm you to prevent further self-harm", Pringle said Monday.

Oxford Crown Court heard Woodward attacked her then boyfriend, who she had met on dating app Tinder, while he was visiting her in December.

The judge also took into cognizance that Woodward suffers from emotional and eating disorders and alcohol drug dependence, stated few media reports.

The judge credited her with being "determined" to get rid of her drug and alcohol addictions. She was admitted to a treatment center for her cocaine addiction in early 2017.

The case was the subject of huge debate about inequality in the criminal justice system, prompted by the judge deferring sentencing and describing the attack as "a complete one-off".

'What you did will never, I know, leave you but it was pretty bad, and normally it would attract a custodial sentence, whether it is immediate or suspended'.

Christ Church dean the Very Rev Professor Martyn Percy, said Woodward was not now studying at Oxford, having voluntarily suspended her medical studies.

He said she was considering a PhD overseas or a research role in a different university, said Yahoo News.