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Ann Maguire: Teenager has 'accepted responsibility' for teacher's death

A teenager accused of murdering teacher Ann Maguire in her classroom in Leeds has "accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing", a court has heard.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of stabbing the 61-year-old teacher to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in April.

Today he appeared by video-link at Leeds Crown Court. No pleas were entered but Richard Wright QC, defending, said: "He has accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing of the deceased."

Members of Ms Maguire's family watched the proceedings from the public gallery. The court heard that expert psychiatric reports would now be prepared before the trial.

Mr Wright said the teenager “accepts that he unlawfully killed Ann Maguire”. “The issue in the case will be whether or not a partial defence is available to him,” he added.

Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, said: "It does not amount to an admission he is guilty of murder. It does amount to an admission he's guilty of manslaughter."

Ms Maguire's death was the first time a teacher has been stabbed to death in a British classroom and the first killing of a teacher at school since since the 1996 Dunblane massacre. 

Last year, the school held a celebration of her 40 years of service. Ms Maguire, who had been head of Year 11 at the school for more than 10 years, had recently switched to working four days a week ahead of her planned retirement. She was honoured at the TES Schools Awards last week with a special award for Services to Education

The teenager was told he will appear again for a hearing on September 26. He was remanded in custody. A trial is scheduled for November.


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Teachers honoured in TES Schools Awards - July 2014

Female teacher stabbed to death in school - April 2014

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