Oxford student who stabbed her BF appeals 10 month suspended sentence.Watch
Back to Lavinia Woodward: As I mention, she was a Class A drug addict and was alcoholic too. The justice she received is called restorative justice, whereby her sentenced is lessened, not because she's got "white privilege" or because "the judge took pity on her", but because sending her to prison would have done her no good because she would have come back out and still have been addicted to drugs and her future would have been totally gone. She may not be a heart surgeon as she had wanted to be when she was 24, but now she is doing research, and when she was a student, there was a research facility set up and funded based on an observation she'd made in a class. Sending her to prison would also have not done the system any good because her crime was relatively minor, and yes, I understand that knife crime needs to be taken VERY seriously, but her boyfriend only needed a few stitches, not to mention that her responsibility was diminished BECAUSE she was on drugs, and for the journalists and reporters who all said "if she's smart enough to be at Oxford then she should be smart enough not to stab her boyfriend" I find it rather sad and despicable that they could peer down their noses at her. She was a very broken woman who needed help, not prison, and yes, the public opinion was that she should have received a more retributive sentence, but to put some perspective on the case, the type of people that need to be sentenced retributive, are those like Larry Nassar (if you've been following the recent news about USA Gymnastics you'll know, if not, very briefly he was the USA Olympic Team doctor who was also serial offender of sexual assault on women aged around 6-19 over 15 years but was called out by a woman called Rachael Denhollander, one of his victims, he ended up getting 175 years in prison). In comparison with Woodward's case, I think it's safe to say that the justice she received now means that there was one fewer person in our prisons, wasting £180 a day for the relatively minor crime.
I'm also willing to bet that there are many people in the comments of the newspaper articles (Particularly the Daily Mail and The Sun because those are the paper s that try and get an outraged reaction from its readers) have never studied law or the legal system in their lives. I haven't studied law myself, I'm going to university (hopefully) next year to do so, but for this EPQ I'm writing, I have had to research the judiciary system like you would not believe.
I believe with this case, the judge should have phrased it better so that the media wouldn't misinterpret him and it wouldn't have lead to all the angry comments I'm reading on this thread, but let me ask you this. If you had just come out of a very abusive relationship during which you had become addicted to class A drugs and one night you stab a friend or a boy/girl friend or a family member giving them fairly minor injuries, would you want to stay out of prison to "continue your counselling and rehabilitation" or would you want to be sent to prison where there is blood on the floor and the food is awful and you get one stainless steel basin and a toilet and a bed and that's it? That for 10 months?
In answer to the original question, I think she should have taken her suspended sentence and gone away silently, thankful that she was being given the opportunity to improve herself.