‘Too bright to be jailed’ Oxford med student, 26, who stabbed date ‘plans ...

Lavinia Woodward pictured arriving at Oxford Crown Court in September 2017 where she was handed a suspended sentence

Lavinia Woodward pictured arriving at Oxford Crown Court in September 2017 where she was handed a suspended sentence  

The Oxford University student who was 'too bright' to be jailed despite stabbing her date with a bread knife now plans to become a lawyer after quitting her medical degree early.

Lavinia Woodward, 26, attacked her then partner she met on dating app Tinder after drinking at her accommodation at Christ Church college, where she was a promising student with aspirations of becoming a heart surgeon.

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. 

She could have returned in September, but it today it emerged she has formally withdrawn from the university.

And a friend told The Sun Ms Woodward is planning to read law at a university in London, where she is working in business development.

The friend said: ‘During her case she got to understand how it works.

‘She is hoping the Bar Council will allow her to practice despite her conviction.’

A spokesman for the university confirmed to MailOnline that Woodward had withdrawn from her college, Christ Church. 

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.

Woodward (pictured) later lost an appeal against her sentence

It emerged today that Woodward has now formally withdrawn from the university

Woodward (pictured) lost an appeal against her sentence, and the university said she would face a disciplinary panel if she decided to return. It emerged today that she has now formally withdrawn from the university

Despite this she appealed, asking for a fine or a conditional discharge - a punishment not classed as a conviction unless she breaks the law again.

In her trial her lawyers said her dreams of becoming a surgeon were now 'almost impossible' as her conviction would have to be disclosed.

Woodward had also said had led a 'troubled life'

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