No judge would have jailed her
DID Lavinia Woodward – who punched her boyfriend, lobbed a laptop and a jam jar at him and lashed out at him with a knife – deserve to go to jail? The fact that she didn’t go to jail has been ascribed to her being a young, pretty, posh Oxford medical student who probably turned the judge’s head.
Wrong. Most people in her situation wouldn’t have been sent to prison either – fact. She has drink, drug and eating problems and was off her head at the time of the attack. She is getting treatment. This was her first offence. Meanwhile the glittering career as a surgeon is unlikely to happen even though she’s still at liberty. For all her advantages she is a mess.
The truth is that if she wasn’t rich and pretty we wouldn’t have heard about the case at all. The anger directed towards her is merely the malice that all attractive, clever people attract, packaged up as righteous indignation. But odd as it may sound, even privileged people sometimes deserve compassion.