A British judge has deferred sentencing an Oxford University student who pleaded guilty to stabbing her boyfriend in a drug-fueled argument, after remarking that the "extraordinary" woman might not be able to become a surgeon. Oxford Crown Court Judge Ian Pringle last week put off sentencing 24-year-old Lavinia Woodward until September.
He suggested he might not give her a custodial sentence. The Oxford Times reported that Pringle reasoned 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." Francis FitzGibbon, the Criminal Bar Association chair, said today that Pringle has given her a chance to address her drug addiction before sentencing.
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