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Oxford student who stabbed boyfriend is spared jail

Lavinia Woodward leaves court after avoiding prison for stabbing her boyfriend Credit: PA

An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife during a row has been spared jail.

Lavinia Woodward - who's 24 and studying medicine at Christ Church College - attacked her then partner after drinking at her university accommodation.

She admitted unlawfully wounding the former Cambridge University student.

Today a judge at Oxford Crown Court handed her a ten month suspended prison sentence - with the condition that she must stay drug and alcohol fee.

There are many mitigating features in your case.

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

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.

Thirdly, whilst you are a clearly highly-intelligent individual, you had an immaturity about you which was not commensurate for someone of your age."

– Judge Ian Pringle QC