Ann Maguire: teenager admits to killing teacher

Jul 11, 2014

Boy admits responsibility for stabbing Ann Maguire in her classroom in April

A 16-year-old boy has admitted that he stabbed teacher Ann Maguire to death in her classroom, a court has heard.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of murdering the 61-year-old Spanish teacher at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor, Leeds, in April. He was 15 at the time of the incident.

The boy, who appeared in court via a video link, spoke only to confirm his name and say that he understood what was happening, the BBC reports.

His barrister Richard Wright told Leeds Crown Court: "He accepts responsibility for unlawful killing. He is not entering a plea. He does accept manslaughter. The issue in the case will be whether or not a partial defence is available to him."

Ann Maguire’s relatives watched the ten-minute hearing from the courtroom's public gallery. Her death marked the first time a teacher had been fatally stabbed in a British classroom, and also the first killing of a teacher in a school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre.

The boy was remanded in custody ahead of another hearing on 26 September. A trial on the murder charge was set for 3 November at Leeds Crown Court.

Judge Peter Collier QC asked the public to be careful about using social media to discuss this case and emphasised there could be heavy penalties for naming the defendant or other details about the case ahead of the trial.

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