Published On: Thu, Jan 29th, 2015 on 2:28 pm

Leeds teacher killer loses appeal against sentence

Will Cornick

Will Cornick.

The 16-year-old schoolboy who murdered Leeds teacher Ann Maguire has lost his appeal against his 20-year minimum jail sentence.

A panel of three judges at the Court of Appeal in London rejected Will Cornick’s bid.

He stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, a total of seven times as she taught a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April.

15 at the time of the killing, he told a psychiatrist that he had a “sense of pride” that he had done it.

Mrs Maguire had taught at the school for over 40 years and was due to retire.

A panel of three judges at the Court of Appeal in London, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, rejected Cornick’s appeal against the minimum term.

“Truly grotesque”

At Leeds Crown Court in November, Cornick, was warned he might never be released from prison by a judge who found his pride and lack of remorse over his actions “truly grotesque”.

Cornick was told that he must serve at least 20 years before he is eligible to seek parole but warned him that it would be “quite possible” the day may never come.

In a statement read to the court during Cornick’s trial, Mrs Maguire’s widower Don described the attack as a “monumental act of cowardice and evil”.

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