Published On: Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014 on 1:33 pm

Boy, 16, jailed for murdering Leeds teacher Ann Maguire

Ann Maguire

Pictured: Ann Maguire

A 16-year-old boy will serve a minimum of 20 years in jail after admitting murdering Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.

Spanish teacher Mrs Maguire, 61, was attacked at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April.

The teenager, who cannot be named, stabbed his teacher in the neck and chased her out of the room before sitting back at his desk.

At Leeds Crown Court, Judge Mr Justice Coulson said it was “quite possible” that the boy would never be released.

The boy appeared to show no emotion as he admitted murdering his teacher.

Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC told the court pupils had noticed disturbing aspects to his personality, and told others that he hated Mrs Maguire, writing in a message on Facebook that she “deserves more than death, more than pain and more than anything that we can understand”.

The prosecutor said: “Late on the night of Christmas Eve 2013, and into the early hours of Christmas Day, the defendant exchanged messages with a friend on Facebook.

“In those messages he spoke of ‘brutally killing’ Mrs Maguire and spending the rest of his life in jail so as not to have to worry about life or money.”

Mrs Maguire was stabbed seven times in her back and neck before colleague Susan Francis, alerted by children screaming, rushed her friend into a work room and held the door shut.

The boy, who was 15 at the time of the incident, told a psychiatrist after the killing that he had a “sense of pride” in killing Mrs Maguire, the court heard.

In a victim statement read to the court, Mrs Maguire’s husband described the attack on his wife as a “monumental act of cowardice and evil”.

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