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Student Lavinia Woodward arrives at Oxford Crown Court to be sentenced, in Oxford, England, Monday Sept. 25, 2017. An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife will be able to avoid prison after receiving a suspended sentence. Woodward was given a 10-month suspended sentence. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

The judge who spared an 'extraordinary' Oxford student from jail is under investigation



A judge who ruled not to send a student from England’s Oxford University to jail for stabbing her boyfriend is getting investigated by a judicial watchdog, according to The Independent.

The Independent on Friday reported that the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) confirmed it had received a complaint against Ian Pringle.

“Any findings of misconduct against judicial office holders are published on the JCIO website at the conclusion of investigations,” it said of the complaint.

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Pringle in May handed Lavinia Woodward, 24, a 10-month sentence but suspended it for 18 months.

The judge’s decision sparked controversy as it means Woodward will not go to prison unless she commits another offense or violates the condition of her release.

Some Twitter users on Friday praised the news that Pringle is being investigated after the ruling, while others criticized Woodward for her actions.

Pringle called Woodward an “extraordinary, able young lady” upon adjourning sentencing for her in May.

The judge added that it would be “too severe” to jail Woodward, a medical student at Oxford’s Christ Church College.

Yahoo News UK on Friday reported that Woodward had previously admitted wounding her partner, Thomas Fairclough, at her student accommodation at Christ Church.

Woodward acknowledged during a hearing last December that she hurled a laptop, glass and a jam jar at Fairclough after stabbing him with a bread knife.

Fairclough, a Cambridge University student, met Woodward on Tinder before their violent disagreement.

Woodward was later admitted to a clinic for treatment for addictions to Class A drugs and alcohol, as well as an eating disorder.

Pringle’s ruling sparked outrage from some critics who argued it exposed inequality in Great Britain’s legal system regarding class and gender.

Woodward is now reportedly contemplating studying for a PhD abroad following the media attention over her case.

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