Boy in court over teacher’s murder

Published: Monday 3rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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A 16-year-old boy is due to appear in court today accused of murdering teacher Ann Maguire.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested after Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death as she taught a lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College, in the Halton Moor area of Leeds, on April 28.

He was 15 years old at the time.

When the teenager last appeared in court in July a judge was told that he ”accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing” of Mrs Maguire.

No pleas were entered to the murder charge but the boy’s barrister, Richard Wright QC, said: ”He has accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing of the deceased.”

Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC said: ”It does not amount to an admission he is guilty of murder. It does amount to an admission he’s guilty of manslaughter.”

Mrs Maguire’s death was the first time a teacher has been stabbed to death in a British classroom and the first killing of a teacher in a school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre.

She first went to Corpus Christi as a student teacher and last year the school held a celebration of her 40 years of service.

This year, she had moved to working four days a week ahead of her planned retirement.

Mrs Maguire, who was head of Year 11 at the school for more than 10 years, lived in the Moortown area of Leeds with her husband, Don, who is a former maths teacher and landscape gardener.

The teenager is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court this morning before Mr Justice Coulson.

Published: Monday 3rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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