Our thanks to Stu for this. Extracts:
The case was the subject of huge debate about inequality in the criminal justice system, prompted by the judge deferring sentencing and describing the attack as “a complete one-off”…
Campaigners against male domestic abuse said Judge Pringle’s decision risks putting male victims of domestic abuse off coming forward. Mark Brooks, chairman of the ManKind Initiative, branded Woodward’s sentence “unfair” and said she would have been expected to go to prison had she been a man.
A JCIO (Judicial Conduct Investigations Office) spokesman confirmed it “received a complaint against HHJ Ian Pringle QC” and that the findings would be published online. According to its website, the watchdog can “only deal with complaints about a judicial office-holder’s personal conduct – it cannot deal with complaints about judicial decisions or about case management”.