British schoolboy jailed for killing teacher in class

A 16-year-old schoolboy was jailed for at least 20 years on Monday for stabbing a teacher to death in front of her class in a murder that shocked Britain.

London: A 16-year-old schoolboy was jailed for at least 20 years on Monday for stabbing a teacher to death in front of her class in a murder that shocked Britain.

Will Cornick was 15 when he stabbed popular teacher Ann Maguire seven times with a kitchen knife as she taught a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, northern England, in April.

After attacking her, he sat back down at his desk and said: "Good times" as his horrified classmates looked on, prosecutor Paul Greaney told Leeds Crown Court.

Cornick had previously spoken of his deep hatred of Maguire, a 61-year-old who had been due to retire within months.

Judge Peter Coulson told Leeds Crown Court that the boy`s pride in his actions and lack of remorse were "truly grotesque".

Coulson jailed him for life, with a minimum of 20 years to be spent behind bars before he can be considered for release on licence. But he added that "it`s quite possible that day may never come".

Cornick, who pleaded guilty to murder, had spoken of wanting to attack other teachers including a pregnant woman "so as to kill her unborn child".

His identity was initially kept secret due to a court order which was lifted on Monday.

Cornick was described by fellow pupils and teachers as an academic high achiever from a middle-class family and a quiet loner.

His parents are "at a loss to understand" what their son did, Greaney said.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Maguire`s husband Don spoke of the loss of his "beautiful, vivacious, generous, caring" wife.

"I`m still a dad but cannot help my children understand, cannot help them come to terms, cannot help them lessen the pain...I can no longer be a dad," he said.

 

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