Earlier this month another group of Sri Lankans had also reached Reunion island by boat and sought asylum. The boat was identified as being registered under the name “Roshan” and was detained when it entered the waters off Reunion island. A boat with a group of Sri Lankans was detained after it entered Reunion island last afternoon (Wednesday), media reports from Reunion stated.Reports said that seven men were on the fishing boat registered in Sri Lanka. Reunion island is now a new target for asylum seekers from Sri Lanka after Australia strengthened efforts to prevent asylum seekers from reaching Australia by boat. (Colombo Gazette)
Lavinia Woodward Leaves Oxford Crown Court after receiving her 10-month suspended sentenceCredit:Jason Hedges/INS Sitting with Lord Justice Simon and Mr Justice Goose, she said: “We accept that she had powerful mitigation.”This nonetheless remained a serious offence which, in our view, merited a custodial element to the sentence.”It was by reason of the powerful mitigation that the judge was able to take an exceptional course and suspend the custodial term. It was a constructive and compassionate sentence.” The stabbing happened in December 2016 when Woodward’s partner, a Cambridge University student, visited her in Oxford.He realised she had been drinking and when Woodward discovered he had contacted her mother, she became “extremely angry” and attacked him with a bread knife before throwing things at him.He sustained cuts to his leg and fingers as a result of the attack. A promising Oxford University medical student who avoided jail after stabbing her boyfriend with a bread knife has conceded she will never be a heart surgeon after losing an appeal against her suspended sentence.Lavinia Woodward attacked her then partner after drinking at her university accommodation at Christ Church college in 2016.The 25-year-old was given a 10-month prison term suspended for 18 months at Oxford Crown Court in September last year after admitting unlawful wounding, but challenged her sentence at the Court of Appeal on Friday.Judges rejected her appeal, prompting her lawyer to tell the court Woodward has accepted she will never fulfil her ambition of becoming a heart surgeon, but hopes to pursue a career in medical research.Woodward is understood to have one year to complete on her five-year medical degree, which she suspended voluntarily before her sentencing.In doing so, she bettered her position in terms of negotiating the remainder of her studies because the university’s disciplinary committee could not meet to exclude her. Oxford University declined to comment, but a senior source told The Telegraph: ‘It’s in her hands in terms of when she would like to come back, but it’s not a done deal.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Because of the severity of her crime, if Woodward wanted to return to the prestigious college, she would have to apply to continue her studies. Mr Sturman told the court Woodward has undergone voluntary drug tests and has been clean for the past 18 months.A character reference from her former professor at Oxford said she was the most talented undergraduate who had been in his laboratory over the past 25 years.The court heard she had made an observation whilst studying which led to the founding of a research department at the university. Lavinia Woodward, pictured, has lost her appeal Her application would then potentially go through three panels – the proctors, a second committee and the school of medicine – who would either invite her back to complete her degree, reject her request or exclude her. But none of this could be done until she completes her sentence in March 2019, which means her best case scenario would be to hope to get a place on the September enrollment of the same year. Her lawyers argued the “exceptional” circumstances of her case – including her mental health difficulties – meant she could have been given a conditional discharge or a fine.Jim Sturman QC said the suspended sentence has affected her ability to find work and told the court: “I appreciate it would be an exceptional course, but she is an exceptional candidate.”But, rejecting her appeal, Judge Johannah Cutts said the Crown Court judge had taken an exceptional course by suspending her jail term and his sentence was “constructive and compassionate”.