An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife may not go to jail because it could damage her prospects of a medical career, a court has heard.
Aspiring heart surgeon Lavinia Woodward, 24, punched and stabbed her boyfriend during an alcohol-and-drug-fuelled row at Christ Church College. She admitted unlawfully wounding the Cambridge University student, who she met on the dating app Tinder.
Judge Ian Pringle QC, sitting at Oxford crown court, said he would take an “exceptional” course and defer sentence for four months, hinting that Woodward will not be jailed because of her talent. “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,” he said.
“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,” he said.
Woodward, who lives in Milan, Italy, with her mother, stabbed her then-boyfriend in the leg after punching him in the face. She then hurled a laptop, glass and jam jar at him during the attack on 30 September last year, the court heard. She was in court to hear the judge’s comments.
The court was told that Christ Church would allow her to return in October because she “is that bright” and has had articles published in medical journals.
Mitigating, James Sturman QC said his client’s dreams of becoming a surgeon were “almost impossible” as her conviction would have to be disclosed. She had had a very troubled life and was abused by a previous boyfriend, he said.
Although she was not identified by name, MI6’s head of operational technology is a woman. This news came as part of a keynote speech that MI6’s chief, Alex Younger, gave to a group of women in technology, encouraging them to join the agency:
“If any of you would like to join us … the real-life Q is looking forward to meeting you and I’m pleased to report that the real-life Q is a woman.”
Foxes loitering around rubbish bins and pigeons roosting in train
stations: urban animals are widely regarded as the dregs of the natural
However, according to biologist Simon Watt, cities represent some of the world’s hotspots for evolution
and behavioural adaptation. Speaking at the Cheltenham science
festival, Watt, who is founder of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society,
said: “The ice caps are melting, the rainforest is shrinking, the one environment that is growing is cities. If we’re going to look for evolutionary shifts right now in our world, the place to look is cities.”
In his talk, Watt cited a host of examples of how the urban
environment is prompting new genetic shifts and unexpected behaviours. A
proportion of black cap warblers, which used to migrate to Morocco or
southern Spain, have shifted their route to Britain where urban heat
islands and garden bird feeders allow them to survive at more northerly
latitudes than was previously possible.
“The ones that come to Britain are starting to get shorter wings –
better for manoeuvrability, worse for long flights – and longer beaks,
which are better to get through the wee bars of garden bird feeders,
although worse for things like fruits and berries.”
Birds in cities often sing at a higher pitch, perhaps to be better heard against higher levels of background noise.
Photograph: Sue Tranter RSPB Images/PA Wire
Today (12/05/17), NHS computer systems in several hospitals have been hacked, forcing entire hospitls to shut down all their systems and driving already struggling hospitals into crisis.
If you do this, then you are the textbook definition of a ‘terrible person’. Instead of using your talents for good, or pointless glory, you’ve decided to attack hospitals. The places people go when they are sick, or dying. You actively compromised emergency care for thousads upon thousands of people. Where doctors and ures are already stuggling to keep people safe and look after patients, you have mae their job much harder and put their patients at risk.
This is affecting real people, people I know. People whose personal details are now also compromised because they work for these hospitals. This is very real, and it may well be having ery serious implications for the patients being cared for at affected hospitals. If you bring down a company, you affect profits but life goes on. If you bring down a hospital, people could die.
If you can’t help save lives, the very least you could do is not get in the bloody way of those of us who do. Yes, I’m absolutely livid.
I don’t care if you thought it woul be funny. I don’t are if you wanted
to make a point. I dont’t care if you thought the information would be
If you are ever involved in something like this, then you have blood on your hands, and there is never any possible justification for this kind of behaviour.
The Grenfell tower fire is so devastating for not only its likely death toll, but also because of the sheer negligence that’s being purported when on several occasions there’s been grave warnings. Investigation aside, incidents like this can be terrible reminders of the human cost when empathy is not extended, and when the consideration of wealth is more important than the safety of tenants. So if in fact the Grenfell fire bears out what was warned all along, it should be an indictment on the greed of capitalism and illuminate the contrast of who puts up with what at the expense of what could be their lives. And I hope the weight of justice is so punitive of those who could even go to sleep at night knowingly putting families in danger. My condolences to the victims and their families. The value of lives shouldn’t be determined on the whims of what a market deems to be the cheapest option.
This entire thing should be a must-read for anyone who has the standard liberal feminist stance on ~sex workers~ and their ~career choices,~ or for any radical feminists who are looking for yet more evidence that prostitution is a degradation and that johns are scum.
Some choice excerpts:
“[O]f 700 men interviewed […] just over half were either married or in a relationship with a woman.”
[One participant] said: “I want my ideal prostitute not to behave like one,” he said, “to role-play to be a pretend girlfriend, a casual date, not business-like…”
“I asked [one participant] how often he thought the women he paid enjoyed the sex. ‘I don’t want them to get any pleasure,’ he told me. ‘I am paying for it and it is her job to give me pleasure. If she enjoys it I would feel cheated.’”
“When asked what would end prostitution, one interviewee laughed and said, ‘Kill all the girls.’”
“Almost half said they believed that most women in prostitution are victims of pimps ("the pimp does the psychological raping of the woman,” explained one), lured, tricked, or trafficked. But they still continued to visit them.”
“One of the most interesting findings was that many believed men would “need” to rape if they could not pay for sex on demand.”
“Visiting an area where prostitution is legal or openly advertised [such as Amsterdam or Thailand] had given them a renewed dedication to buying sex when they returned to the UK.”
“[One participant] said: ‘Look, men pay for women because he can have whatever and whoever he wants. Lots of men go to prostitutes so they can do things to them that real women would not put up with.’”
The johns interviewed were a very foul mixture of “the girls don’t even pretend to like me, it’s all robotic and mechanical :( :( :(” + “I buy access to these women so I can treat them like dirt and i want them to know it.” One of the johns interviewed even said a prostituted woman asked him to help her, said she had been tricked and brought to London on false pretenses, but he just had sex with her and left because she might have been lying to him.
I mean… if anyone needs any more proof that men who buy women hate us, don’t care for us, don’t care about anything except their own feelings and their own orgasms, JUST ASK THE JOHNS. They tell on themselves all the damn time but for some reason certain people don’t want to hear it.