Sparing prison for clever student sends wrong signal to victims

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The court was told Christ Church College will allow Woodward to return in October because she “is that bright”.However, her defence counsel Jim Sturman QC said Woodward –  who has already had articles published in medical journals – is unlikely to be able to fulfill her ambition of becoming a heart surgeon her criminal conviction would have to be disclosed.Woodward had come top of her year in the pre-clinical tests that all Oxford medical students take at the end of their third year.She be sentenced on September 25 and was given a restraining order, and told to stay drug-free and not to re-offend.The Sentencing Council, which advises judges in order to “promote greater consistency in sentencing”, said it could not comment on the specific circumstances of an ongoing case.But it said that in sentencing an offence of unlawful wounding, such as that committed by Woodward, a judge would have to take into account the seriousness of the assault, whether there was any premeditation and the offender’s previous criminal history before deciding whether to impose a custodial sentence of up to four years or a non-custodial community order.Mr Fairclough has been described as an extremely talented law student. Lavinia Woodward, 24, who studies at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a bread knife when he threatened to call her mother during a rowCredit:Facebook Norman Brennan, a former police officer of 31 years’ experience who campaigns for victims of crime , said: “This is a crime that should always attract a prison sentence. At a time when knife crime is out of control the courts should be setting an example.” Lavinia Woodward, 24, who studies at Christ Church College, Oxford, stabbed Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a bread knife when he threatened to call her mother during a rowlast_img

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