Saturday 27 December 2014

Echoes of Irish principal's murder

Published 29/04/2014 | 02:30

Philip Lawrence: brave
Philip Lawrence: brave

THE alleged killing of veteran schoolteacher Anne Maguire at a secondary school in Leeds by a student bears a strong resemblance to the murder of Irish headmaster Philip Lawrence.

The 48-year-old teacher at St George's Roman Catholic school in Maida Vale, west London, was stabbed to death by 15-year-old gang member Learco Chindamo at the school gates in 1995.

Chindamo, who was a student at another school, was found guilty of murder at London's Old Bailey in 1996. He was sentenced to life in prison but was freed in 2010.

Mr Lawrence, who grew up in Co Wicklow, was brutally atacked when he was seeing off students at the end of the school day and went to the aid of a 13-year-old boy whom Chindamo had attacked with an iron bar. He died in hospital of his injuries. Mr Lawrence was posthumously awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal in 1997.

Irish Independent

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