A 16-year-old boy was sentenced today to life in prison with a minimum of 20 years for the murder of his teacher Ann Maguire in the English city of Leeds. Justice Coulson told the boy that he may never be released and said that he showed a “chilling lack of remorse” over the attack in which he chased Mrs. Maguire, “stabbing her as she sought to escape”.
Weeks before the murder, Cornick sent a Facebook message which said of Mrs. Maguire: “The one absolute f****** bitch that deserves more than death, more than pain and more than anything that we can understand.” Later, the boy murdered made a chilling confession to a psychiatrist:
I wasn’t in shock, I was happy. I had a sense of pride. I still do.
Cornick, who was portrayed during the trial as having a good family background with “decent and responsible parents”, also said after the murder that he thought everything he had done was “fine and dandy”.
Cornick had winked at a fellow pupil before starting to stab Mrs. Maguire and had brought a bottle of whiskey to school to celebrate after the attack. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. William Cornick (left) was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 20 years at Leeds Crown Court today after he admitted murdering teacher Ann Maguire (right) in West Yorkshire in April.
2. The classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds where Mrs. Maguire was stabbed in April.
3. Cornick stands in the docks at Leeds Crown Court after he dramatically entered an earlier guilty plea.
Prosecutor Paul Greaney told the court how the boy planned the murder. The boy had told a psychiatrist:
I decided on Sunday it was going to be a knife. I thought I was just going to go to school and wait for her lesson and do it. I wanted to get caught. That’s why I did it in school. I wanted to be in jail.
Mr. Greaney said Cornick had told other pupils he was going to attack Mrs. Maguire on the morning of the murder. One pupil said that there was no expression on Cornick’s face as he stabbed his teacher. Mr. Greaney explained how the attack had occurred:
Mrs Maguire was at her desk helping pupils. She was leaning over, looking at the work of a girl. The defendant approached his teacher and began to stab her in the neck and back. He attacked her from behind. Ann Maguire was 61 years of age, 5ft 2in in height and of slim build. The defendant was a full foot taller and was armed with a large kitchen knife. To describe his attack as cowardly hardly does it justice.
Mrs. Maguire fled but Cornick chased her, “stabbing her as she sought to escape”, Mr. Greaney added.
The teenager looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as he admitted murdering his teacher.
4. Don Maguire (right) and his daughters Emma (front left) and Kerry (front center) stand outside Leeds Crown Court as a statement is read, after the sentencing of the boy found guilty of the murder.
5. Cornick dramatically pleaded guilty earlier, on the day he was due to stand trial for her killing.
6. A board of tributes left in memory of Mrs. Maguire outside Corpus Christi Catholic College.
7. Tributes for Mrs. Maguire were left outside Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April and May.
8. ‘You always believed in me’: One of the many flowers and tributes left at the entrance to the school in Leeds.
9. The school recorded only five incident of misbehavior in Cornick’s five years there — although three occurred about two months before the killing and related to his ‘imagined problems’ with Mrs. Maguire (above).
Source: The Mail Online.
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