An “extraordinary” Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend in the leg has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Lavinia Woodward, 24, admitted attacking the man at Christ Church College while she was under the influence of drink and drugs.
At an earlier hearing Judge Ian Pringle QC said he believed a custodial sentence would damage her career.
On Monday she was given a 10-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months.
During the attack in December, medical student Woodward punched her former boyfriend, lunged at him with a bread knife, threw a laptop at him and stabbed him in the leg.
‘Relatively minor’ injuries
Oxford Crown Court heard Woodward had become addicted to drugs and had been in an abusive relationship with a previous boyfriend.
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”.
He had described Woodward as “an extraordinary able young lady” and said a custodial sentence would damage her hopes of becoming a surgeon.
Handing down a suspended sentence for one count of inflicting unlawful wounding, Judge Pringle said there were “many, many mitigating factors” and the injuries inflicted were “relatively minor”.
Woodward faced a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison.