No judge would have jailed her

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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.

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