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Lavinia Woodward spared jail after knifing Tinder date because she was ‘too bright’ appeals suspended sentence

A BRAINY Oxford student branded “too clever for jail” after knifing her Tinder date has appealed her suspended sentence. Lavinia Woodward, 24, had voluntarily suspended her studies after being found guilty of stabbing Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a breadknife and hurling a laptop, glass and jam jar at him. She has now applied to the […]

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A BRAINY Oxford student branded “too clever for jail” after knifing her Tinder date has appealed her suspended sentence.

Lavinia Woodward, 24, had voluntarily suspended her studies after being found guilty of stabbing Thomas Fairclough in the leg with a breadknife and hurling a laptop, glass and jam jar at him.

Lavinia Woodward, 24, escaped jail after attacking her boyfriend with a bread knife
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She has now applied to the Court of Appeal to review her sentence, which was imposed at Oxford Crown Court in September.

A spokesman for the Judicial Communications Office said: “Lavinia Woodward has submitted an application for permission to appeal.

“The next stage is for a single judge to consider the application on paper and if permission is granted it then the substantive appeal will be heard in court before three judges.”

Woodward, a student at the university’s Christ Church college, was to be sentenced earlier this year after admitting unlawful wounding, but the judge gave her four months to prove herself and stay out of trouble.

The young woman has now submitted an application for permission to appeal
The young woman has now submitted an application for permission to appeal
The judge heard that the young woman was 'genuinely remorseful'
The judge heard that the young woman was ‘genuinely remorseful’

A court heard Lavinia had been having sex with Cambridge boffin Thomas Fairclough earlier in the evening, before she flipped in a cocaine-fuelled rage, later slashing him with a knife.

A 999 operator could hear screaming as Mr Fairclough said: “I think my girlfriend has taken a lot of drugs.”

Woodward admitted a charge of unlawfully wounding Mr Fairclough on September 30 last year.

The student at Oxford’s Christ Church college had been due to be sentenced earlier this year but the judge gave her four months to prove herself and stay out of trouble.

He said medical student Woodward was an “extraordinary able young lady” — and a spell in jail would ruin her dream of becoming a heart surgeon.

The judge added: “It seems to me that if this was a one-off.”

At the sentencing hearing he added: “I find you were genuinely remorseful following this event, and although it was against your bail conditions you contacted your partner to fully confess your guilt and deep sorrow at what had happened.

“While you are a highly intelligent individual, you had an immaturity which is not commensurate for someone of your age.”

Judge Pringle said Woodward had made a determined effort to rid herself of drug and alcohol addictions.

The top medical student voluntarily suspended her studies for the length of the ten month suspended jail sentence she received, according to The Daily Telegraph.

This means a staff panel due to decide whether she should be expelled can’t make their ruling she said she wants to return because of the university’s disciplinary procedures.

A senior source at Oxford told the newspaper that both the Medical faculty and Proctor’s office would be forced to wait until 2019 before reaching a decision.


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23 stone woman died in her bathtub ‘after her cruel boyfriend deliberately left her stuck there for 10 days’

A 23-stone woman has died after her husband allegedly left her stuck in their bathtub for ten days. The man named only as Guenter S, 58, is accused of not helping Simone W after she became wedged into the bath at their home in Beckum, in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The woman, who tipped the […]

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A 23-stone woman has died after her husband allegedly left her stuck in their bathtub for ten days.

The man named only as Guenter S, 58, is accused of not helping Simone W after she became wedged into the bath at their home in Beckum, in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.

A 23 stone woman died after her husband, pictured in court, left her stuck in the bathtub for ten days
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The woman, who tipped the scales at 148kg (326 lbs) could not get out, but rather than call for help or attempt to get her out himself, he is accused of just providing her with snacks, drinks and her medication for more than a week.

When he finally called the emergency services for help 10 days later, they arrived only to rule that she had died two days previously.

Police confirmed they have arrested the man on a charge of ‘abandonment resulting in death’, with a spokesperson confirming they believe the woman would have been calling for help.

Public prosecutor, Ralf Hinkelmann, 45, said the defendant “left the victim helpless, ignoring her cries for help.”

The woman, who tipped the scales at 148kg (326 lbs), could not get out of the bath (stock photo)
The woman, who tipped the scales at 148kg (326 lbs), could not get out of the bath (stock photo)
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But the defendant refutes the claim, with it reported in local media that he said: “She did not let herself be helped, mind your own frigging business.”

The incident happened on 14th June 2017. Guenter heard a bang from the bathroom, and found his wife fallen in the bath lying down.

The man, who claimed she refused his help, said: “She had hit the shelf on the head in the fall, shards were lying all around.”

Furious, Guenter had then brought her her tablet and mobile phone into the room, saying: “If you need help, get it yourself. You don’t want it from me anyway.”

Simone had allegedly refused help for days, making the bathtub “comfortable”, playing on her tablet in warm water, while her husband brought her coffee in the morning and bought her newspapers.

By the time the defendant called emergency services on 27th June, his wife had already been dead for at least two days. It is believed she died of pneumonia.

The case is due to continue in January.

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The Queen’s beaming smile as Christmas shoppers wave to her outside the Royal Family’s favourite hotel

ROYAL watchers gave the Queen a festive cheer as she was spotted paying a visit to her family’s favourite London hotel. She emerged clutching what looked like a present from The Goring in Belgravia to be greeted by cries of  “We Love You Ma’am!” Wearing a magenta-coloured skirt and jacket she waved to the Christmas […]

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ROYAL watchers gave the Queen a festive cheer as she was spotted paying a visit to her family’s favourite London hotel.

She emerged clutching what looked like a present from The Goring in Belgravia to be greeted by cries of  “We Love You Ma’am!”

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The Queen leaves the Goring Hotel in London for Christmas Lunch[/caption]

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Hotel MD David Morgan-Hewitt – known as Big Dave – says goodbye[/caption]

Wearing a magenta-coloured skirt and jacket she waved to the Christmas shoppers that had gathered to see her as she arrived and then later left the luxury establishment.

Her Maj appeared to be clutching a Christmas gift as she was waved off by David Morgan-Hewitt, affectionately known as ‘Big Dave’, managing director of the five-star luxury hotel.

According to The Goring website, Mr Morgan-Hewitt has “overseen some of the hotel’s greatest and exciting periods of transformation” in his 26 years at hotel.

Last year, the Queen chose the hotel as the setting for a private lunch with some of her senior servants and advisers when a drunk man had to be escorted from the building.

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The hotel was chosen by the Middleton family as their base for the Royal wedding in 2011[/caption]

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Mr Morgan-Hewitt has overseen some ‘exciting periods of transformation’ in his 26 years at hotel[/caption]

It’s believed the Queen had been lunching at the hotel again today.

The hotel was chosen by the Middleton family as their base for the Royal wedding in 2011.

Earlier today it was reported the Queen is angry with the Metropolitan Police over her security detail.

The Queen keeps reportedly being assigned different police guards, rather than just the one.

The top Royals are assigned dedicated personal protection officers who accompany them on their travels.

But the Monarch is reportedly being given different ones, meaning she doesn’t know them.

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Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour Muslim group headed by activist who claimed ‘Israel has no right to exist’

JEREMY Corbyn was on hand to help launch the new Labour Muslim Network last night – but the group is headed by an activist who claimed “Israel has no right to exist”. Ali Miliani has previously had to apologise after suggesting Jewish people were “stingy” and said Israel is “a land built on ethnic cleansing”. […]

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JEREMY Corbyn was on hand to help launch the new Labour Muslim Network last night – but the group is headed by an activist who claimed “Israel has no right to exist”.

Ali Miliani has previously had to apologise after suggesting Jewish people were “stingy” and said Israel is “a land built on ethnic cleansing”.

Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour Muslim group headed by activist who claimed ‘Israel has no right to exist’
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Mr Miliani has previously had to apologise after suggesting Jewish people were stingy and said Israel is ‘a land built on ethnic cleansing’
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The vice president of the National Union of Students posted on Twitter pictures of himself with Mr Corbyn in Parliament last night, along with the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Labour MPs Dawn Butler and Rupa Huq.

The new group advertises itself as “an inclusive organisation supporting British Muslims’ engagement in the political process and with Labour, based on our shared values of social justice and equality”.

A host of other MPs were in attendance, including Karen Lee, Kate Green, Karen Buck, Naz Shah, Tam Dhesi, Afzal Khan and Wes Streeting.

But Mr Milani, whilst a student at Brunel University, posted a tweet which read: “Nah u won’t mate it will cost you a pound #jew.”

John McDonnell was also on hand to help launch the new group
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It was revealed earlier this year as he ran for his NUS role that he had also sent a message stating that “Israel has no right to exist”.

He also said: “Israel is a land built on ethnic cleansing and colonialism.

“Oppression is something your people should know about.”

And he also responded to a tweet by Piers Morgan by calling him “a Zionist”.

After facing uproar from other students he told the Tab university news site: “I have apologised unreservedly for these comments before and I do so again.

“They do not reflect how I see the world today.

“These tweets are from an incredibly long time ago – when I was 16 to 17 years old. It’s unacceptable, I know that now. Education taught me that.”

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