Leeds & West Yorkshire

Ann Maguire stabbing: Boy, 15, due in court accused of murder

Ann Maguire Image copyright Ben Lack Photography
Image caption Ann Maguire, 61, died from multiple stab wounds on Monday

A 15-year-old boy will appear in court later charged with the murder of a teacher who was stabbed at a school in Leeds.

Ann Maguire, 61, had worked at Corpus Christi Catholic College for more than 40 years before she was fatally stabbed in front of pupils on Monday.

The boy, who cannot be named, will appear at Leeds Youth Court.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he would then go to Leeds Crown Court for a bail hearing on Friday.

Peter Mann, head of the complex casework unit at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said on Wednesday: "A 15-year-old male was arrested in connection with this incident and has been interviewed under caution by police.

"Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us by West Yorkshire Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge this youth with the murder of Ann Maguire and that it is in the public interest to do so."

Image caption Hundreds of floral tributes have been left outside the school since Monday

Mrs Maguire, who taught Spanish, was due to retire in September after a 40-year career.

She had joined Corpus Christi, a 950-pupil college in the Halton Moor area of Leeds, as a student teacher and last year the school had celebrated her 40th year of service.

Mrs Maguire lived in the Moortown area of Leeds with her husband, Donald, and is understood to have two daughters.

Hundreds of floral tributes have been laid outside the school by current and former pupils since Monday.

A book of condolence was also opened at the church that adjoins the school.

Mrs Maguire's death is thought to be the first time a teacher has been stabbed to death in a British classroom, and the first killing of a teacher in a school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre.

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