By staff reporter
A 16-year-old student has admitted killing his teacher in her classroom, a defence lawyer has told a court.
The teenager is accused of murdering 61-year-old Spanish teacher Ann Maguire on 28 April at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.
Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, said the boy did not admit murder, but said: “It does amount to an admission he’s guilty of manslaughter.”
A trial on the murder charge was set for 3 November at Leeds Crown Court.
No formal plea was entered, but Richard Wright QC, defending said: “He has accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing of the deceased”.
The student, who was 15 when the killing happened, cannot be named for legal reasons. He appeared via video-link in court.
Mother-of-two Mrs Maguire, from Moortown, Leeds, was set to retire in September after over 40 years at the school.