NEWS — 11 July 2014


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.

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