Sunday 17 December 2017

Teenager admits he killed popular teacher in classroom stabbing

A school tie hangs from the fence of Corpus Christi Catholic College in tribute to teacher Anne Maguire
A school tie hangs from the fence of Corpus Christi Catholic College in tribute to teacher Anne Maguire
Ann Maguire

Miranda Prynne

A TEENAGER accused of the murder of Ann Maguire, the teacher stabbed to death in her classroom, "has accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing", a court has heard.

The 16-year-old boy, who was 15 at the time of the attack in April, appeared on two video screens at Leeds Crown Court, where Richard Wright QC explained his client's position.

"The defendant accepts that he unlawfully killed Ann Maguire," said Mr Wright.

Mrs Maguire (61), died after being stabbed in the neck during a Spanish lesson at the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic College in Leeds.

Mrs Maguire was due to retire this September after more than 40 years of service and was married to Irishman Donald Maguire.

She was also the daughter of Irish emigrants.

At the time of her death, her brother-in-law Danny Maguire, who is from Co Cavan, told the Irish Independent that she was "a very popular woman" and "adored" by her students. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spoke only to confirm his name and to acknowledge that he understood what was happening during the 10-minute hearing. Members of Mrs Maguire's family watched the proceedings from the public gallery.

No official pleas were entered and a trial on the murder charge is scheduled to take place in November. Judge Peter Collier QC asked the public to be extremely careful about using social media to discuss the case and stressed that there could be heavy penalties for naming the defendant or disclosing other details about the case ahead of the trial.

Mrs Maguire, from Moortown, Leeds, was the first teacher to be fatally stabbed in a British classroom. She had taught at Corpus Christi for more than 40 years and had been head of Year 11 for more than 10 years.

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

She lived with her husband, Donald, a former maths teacher and landscape gardener, with whom she had two grown-up daughters.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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