Judge who said toff Oxford student Lavinia Woodward was ‘too brainy for jail’ after stabbing her boyfriend is being investigated by watchdogs

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THE judge who said toff Oxford student Lavinia Woodward was “too brainy for jail” after she stabbed her boyfriend is being investigated by watchdogs.

Ian Pringle QC gave the medical student, 24, a suspended sentence for attacking her then partner in a coke and booze-fuelled frenzy.

 Lavinia Woodward smiles as she leaves Oxford Crown Court with a suspended prison sentence

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Lavinia Woodward smiles as she leaves Oxford Crown Court with a suspended prison sentence
 Lavinia Woodward, 24, stabbed her partner in a coke and booze-fuelled frenzy

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Lavinia Woodward, 24, stabbed her partner in a coke and booze-fuelled frenzy
 The Oxford student was spared jail because of her career aspirations

The Oxford student was spared jail because of her career aspirations

He said sending her to prison would damage her career.

The judge is now being investigated over his handling of the case.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said last night: “The JCIO can confirm they have received a complaint against His Honour Judge Ian Pringle QC.”

Any findings will be published online, added a spokesman.

The watchdog can deal only with complaints about judiciary members’ conduct, not about their decisions or case management.

On Monday, aspiring heart surgeon Woodward was given a ten-month sentence suspended for 18 months after admitting wounding Thomas Fairclough.

 Lavinia has published articles in medical journals and aspires to be a heart surgeon

Lavinia has published articles in medical journals and aspires to be a heart surgeon
 Lavinia also hurled a laptop, glass and jam jar at her partner

Lavinia also hurled a laptop, glass and jam jar at her partner
 Ian Pringle QC is now being investigated over his handling of the case

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Ian Pringle QC is now being investigated over his handling of the case

She also hurled a laptop, glass and jam jar at him.

Campaigners blasted the decision. Mark Brooks, of the Mankind initiative that supports male victims of domestic violence, slammed it as “unacceptable”.

Lavinia Woodward arrives at Oxford Crown Court for sentencing after stabbing Tinder lover

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