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‘Too bright to be jailed’ medical student who stabbed her partner quits university too

An Oxford University student who was ‘too bright’ to be jailed despite stabbing her Tinder date with a bread knife has quit her degree early.

Lavinia Woodward, 26, attacked her then partner she met on the dating app after drinking at her university accommodation at Christ Church college.

She was given a 10 month prison term suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court after admitting unlawful wounding of lover Thomas Fairclough.

She later lost an appeal against her sentence, and the university said she would face a disciplinary panel if she decided to return.

After suspending her studies, she could have returned in September, but it emerged yesterday that she has now formally withdrawn from the university.

In the months after her sentencing she found love again with the son of a Russian billionaire.

Reports said she has been ‘lying low’ in recent months, but it is unclear where she is living and how she has been spending her time.

When she was spared jail in September 2017, judge Ian Pringle was slammed for being too lenient.

Critics said the ruling demonstrated class bias in the legal process, and led to claims she was let off because the judge thought being locked up could harm her career as a heart surgeon.


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