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Oxford Student Slapped On Wrist For Stabbing Boyfriend Because Of Her ‘Talent’

If you stab your boyfriend in the midst of an argument while the two of you are whacked out of your minds, you can expect to go to jail for your actions. However, a judge in the UK saw things entirely differently for a recent case that came before his bench. As the Telegraph reports, an Oxford University student has been spared jail time because of her "extraordinary" talent for medicine.

That would be pretty comical if it were untrue, but it was sadly the actual reasoning delivered by Judge Ian Pringle of the Oxford Crown Court. Lavinia Woodward, 24, got into a heated argument with her boyfriend last year. It was noted that the pair was wasted on drugs and alcohol, and things got seriously out of hand. After she had punched her boyfriend, Woodward picked up a bread knife and stabbed him in the leg.

The authorities were called in, and Woodward has admitted to a charge of unlawful wounding. The case has made its way through the court system, and Pringle seemed to take an unusual interest in the fact that Woodward was studying medicine at Oxford University.

"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,” he said in part.

This extraordinarily able young lady has also just shown a serious violent streak, but that fact seemed to be not too significant to Pringle.

"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," Pringle continued.

Pringle decided that the best course of action was to defer sentencing for a period of four months, and he strongly hinted that the woman will walk away scot free. In essence, he’s telling her to come back to court when not so many people are watching, and he’ll let her walk away because she’s so darn talented.

To say this is outrageous would be an understatement. Woodward committed a crime, and whether or not she has displayed some talent is completely irrelevant. The example and precedent that this sets is beyond awful, and judicial officials in the UK would be wise to step in and examine Pringle’s ability to interpret the law.

Source: Telegraph
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