Another miscarriage of justice. Extracts:
Stephanie Roberts, 20, slashed at her lover Ravi Benitez, 19, when she visited him at Warwick University on November 24 last year.
Mr Benitez suffered slash wounds before a security guard managed to wrestle the seven-inch knife from Roberts’ hands.
She was spared jail at Warwick Crown Court after the judge [Sylvia de Bertodano] was told she is ‘an intelligent young woman of integrity and charm’…
The judge added: ‘It was a very, very dangerous way to behave, because if you take out a knife when you are distressed and angry and have had a lot to drink, you can cause very serious injuries indeed. [J4MB: No shit, Sherlock!]
‘Both he and you are very fortunate you did not do so on this occasion.
‘But I have read a great deal about you, and both the prosecution [J4MB emphasis] and the defence accept I must sentence you according to your basis of plea which makes clear you had for some time been the victim of a mentally abusive relationship. [J4MB: The prosecuting lawyer was acting for the defence.]
‘Your circumstances had pushed you to the limit, and the combination of drink and drugs that had been supplied to you by him that night were sufficient to push you over the edge.’ [J4MB: In plain English, “You were not responsible for your actions”]
Once again, we see drugs (including alcohol) being considered a mitigating issue for a woman, while they’re invariably taken as an aggravating issue for men.