Published On: Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014 on 6:45 pm

Will Cornick named as schoolboy who murdered Ann Maguire

Will Cornick

Will Cornick

A judge has allowed 16-year-old Will Cornick, who stabbed Ann Maguire, to be named for the first time after he admitted murder.

Will Cornick will serve a minimum of 20 years in jail for murdering 61-year-old Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, in April.

Cornick, who was 15 at the time of the incident, stabbed her in the neck before sitting back at his desk, the court heard.

Cornick told a psychiatrist after the killing that he had a “sense of pride” that he had done it.

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

West Yorkshire Police has released an image of Cornick, whose identity was previously kept secret before the judge lifted the ban.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said: “We welcome the conviction of the person responsible who planned and then carried out this cold blooded, brutal and cowardly attack. His motive was seemingly an inexplicable hatred for Ann, who was simply carrying out her public duty – a duty she considered to be more of a vocation than a job.

“There was no absolutely no justification for this hatred. He came from a good home, with decent and responsible parents, who are, in their own way, victims of his terrible act.”

Ann Maguire’s sisters Shelagh Connor and Denise Courtney, said: “Ann was a person who embraced life and who gloried in every aspect of life with her family, her friends, her teaching, her students, her music.

Ann Maguire

Ann Maguire

“An even fuller life was awaiting her on partial retirement as she had no intention of fully retiring. Her life would incorporate even more activities – further study, extensive travel, a new choir, trekking the Camino de Santiago and even more time to spend with her family and friends.

“Ann was a highly competent woman, but was also the humblest of people, who found joy in every aspect of her life. The possibility of simply living her life and fulfilling her hopes and dreams and passions has been destroyed by this horrific, cruel, senseless and cowardly act.”

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