Tuesday 17 October 2017

Teenager admits unlawful killing of teacher Ann Maguire

School teacher Ann Maguire
School teacher Ann Maguire

A 16-year-old boy has admitted to killing secondary school teacher Ann Maguire.

Ms Maguire was stabbed at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on April 28 during a Spanish lesson.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted to the unlawful killing of Ms Maguire and did not make a please during his court appearance.

He has been given a provisional trial date for November 3 and will remain in police custody until then.

He is due to make another court appearan ce on September 26 via video link, the same manner in which he appeared in court today.

His barrister Richard Wright QC said his client 'accepts responsibility' for the unlawful killing, but would not be entering a plea until expert reports are completed in August.

"The position is that the defendant has indicated through ourselves and in a written note that he accepts responsibility for the unlawful killing of the deceased," he said.

Prosecutor Paul Greeny, QC said his note "does not amount to an admission that he is guilty of murder. It is that he is guilty of manslaughter."

The judge issued a separate warning to bloggers and social media users of the legal implications for identifying the 16-year-old online.

At the opening of the inquest into her death, detective chief inspector Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police, said the teacher suffered a number of stab wounds but one to her neck, that severed her major vein, was the fatal injury.

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