24 year old Lavinia Woodward who is a student of Oxford University may be spared jail time after a judge said a custodial sentence would damage her career as a heart surgeon.
Woodward who was accused of stabbing her Tinder lover on his leg with a bread-knife, also hurled a laptop, a glass and a jam jar at him, during a drink and drug-fuelled clash at Christ Church college, Oxford.
Woodward, who currently lives in Milan, Italy, previously admitted unlawful wounding at an earlier hearing.
Judge Ian Pringle said the offence would normally mean a prison term, but instead delayed sentencing and slapped her with a restraining order to stay drug-free and not to re-offend.
Pringle told the court, “It seems to me 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.”
“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.”