Ann Maguire: second teenager arrested over teacher’s death

Murdered school teacher Ann Maguire

Meanwhile, family of Leeds teacher watch as 15-year-old appears in court accused of murder

LAST UPDATED AT 13:26 ON Fri 2 May 2014

POLICE investigating the murder of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire have arrested a second teenager.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed yesterday that a 15-year-old boy was removed by officers at Corpus Christi Catholic College, where Maguire was fatally stabbed on Monday. He was released after questioning without charge.

The force would not specify the offence the second boy was suspected of committing. According to The Guardian, his arrest was related to online "banter" dating back to some time before the attack, but the boy claimed it related to a computer game and not the murder.

Meanwhile, the 15-year-old charged with Maguire's murder appeared before magistrates at Leeds Youth Court yesterday. He was watched from the public gallery by the teacher's husband Donald, 62, a retired maths teacher, who held hands with his two daughters Emma, 30, and Kerry, 32.

The teenage suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared with a broken arm and nodded to his own parents who were also watching from the public gallery.

He said "yeah" four times to confirm his name, address, date of birth and that he understood the charge of murder.

Today he appeared before Judge Geoffrey Marson at Leeds Crown Court via videolink. His defence barrister did not apply for bail and the judge set a provisional trial date of 3 November. Marson took the opportunity to warn bloggers and social media users that they face serious consequences if they publish anything that could jeopardise the trial.

Maguire, who was just months from retiring after 40 years at Corpus Christi, was killed on her day off after going to school to help pupils prepare for their exams.

Her family visited the school yesterday to lay flowers at the gate, attend church and look at the hundreds of messages and flowers outside the school. They released a tribute to the long-serving Spanish teacher, describing her as their "shining light". · 

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