Oxford student dubbed ‘too bright for jail’ after stabbing lover quits degree

An Oxford University student dubbed "too bright" to go to jail after stabbing her Tinder lover with a bread knife has QUIT her degree early.

Lavinia Woodward, 26, attacked lover Thomas Fairclough after drinking at her university accommodation at Christ Church college.

She was given a ten month prison term suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court after admitting unlawful wounding.

But Woodward was spared prison after the judge said she was "too bright" and being locked up could harm her career as a heart surgeon.

The university said she would face a disciplinary panel if she chose to return.

She had suspended her studies but would have been able to return this September at the earliest.

But Woodward has now formally withdrawn from Oxford, student news site The Tab reports.

Woodward stabbed Mr Fairclough in the leg with a bread knife and threw objects at him in a drunken attack on December 30, 2016.

The treasurer for Christ Church, Lavinia's college, said: "Ms Woodward has formally withdrawn from the college and the university."

Woodward was a high-flying Oxford student and her research on lipoproteins and vein grafts had been published in journals.

Mr Fairclough tried to stop her from drinking and she became "increasingly volatile".

She discovered he had Skyped her mum to figure out what to do, flew into a rage and started throwing objects around.

He called 999 and Lavinia stabbed him with the bread knife – injuring his leg and fingers.

Emergency services arrived to find Lavinia, "intoxicated, deeply distraught and mentally disturbed".

She planned to turn the knife on herself before Mr Fairclough disarmed her.

After sentencing, Woodward was living in a million pound Kensington flat with her boyfriend, the son of a Russian billionaire, waiting for it all to "blow over" so she could return to Oxford.

An unnamed friend said Lavinia was lying low and biding her time. They said at the time: "I think they would be happy to have her back, and that she will end up returning quietly. She's done some very interesting work in cardiology, they've described her as a future Nobel Prize winner."

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