An attempt by the teenage killer of Ann Maguire to reduce his 20 year jail sentence has failed after his legal team brought the case to the Appeal Court.
Will Cornick was 15-years-old when he stabbed the teacher to death in a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds last April.
Today a panel headed by the country's most senior judge rejected the appeal - saying the sentence was "entirely the right decision".
Martin Fisher reports:
A panel of three judges at the Court of Appeal in London, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, rejected Will Cornick's appeal against the minimum term, saying that on the "disturbing" facts of the case, the sentencing judge came to "entirely the right decision".
When sentenced at Leeds Crown Court last November, Mr Justice Coulson told Cornick, who was 15 at the time of the killing, that he must serve at least 20 years before he was eligible to seek parole but warned him: "It's quite possible that day may never come."
Teenager Will Cornick, who murdered the Leeds teacher Ann Maguire, has lost a challenge to his 20-year minimum term at the Court of Appeal in London.
The teenage killer of teacher Ann Maguire is set to challenge the length of his sentence at the Court of Appeal today.
Will Cornick stabbed Mrs Maguire to death as she taught a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April last year.
In November he admitted killing Mrs maguire and was sentenced to a minimum of twenty years behind bars.
The schoolboy who stabbed Leeds teacher Ann Maguire to death at Corpus Christi High School will appeal his sentence tomorrow.
A panel of judges headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas will hear the application on behalf of 16-year-old Will Cornick, who stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, seven times from behind as she taught a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April last year.
The appeal relates to the least time Cornick must spend in custody before he is eligible to apply for parole.
Whilst passing his sentence back in November, Mr Justice Coulson warned Cornick, who was 15 at the time, that he might never be released from prison as he passed sentence at Leeds Crown Court.
One of the daughters of Ann Maguire, the teacher murdered by one of her own pupils, has spoken of her hope that an arts fund in her memory will be lasting legacy for the much loved teacher.
Mrs Maguire was stabbed to death in her clasroom in April - it was a killing which shocked the country.
Now young people who want to fulfil their ambitions in music , langugage, drama or dance -are set to benefit from donations given by well-wishers. Jon Hill has been speaking to Kerry Maguire.
One of the daughters of Ann Maguire, the teacher murdered at her school in Leeds, has been speaking to Calendar about the Arts Education Fund set up in honour of her mum.
Kerry Maguire says she hopes the fund aimed at helping young people fulfil their ambitions in music, drama, language and dance, will be a fitting legacy for her.
Almost £45,000 has been raised from public donations. A panel including Ann Maguire's family are now inviting applications from young people and community groups - grants are expected to be awarded in March next year.
The first grant of £1,500 has already been given out to Leeds-based Yorkshire Dance which champions the development of dance in Yorkshire. The Leeds Community Foundation. which is administering the fund, hopes that by giving this early grant it will show the kind of projects that could benefit.
The fund created in memory of murdered school teacher Ann Maguire will open for applications today. Over £41,000 has been donated to the Ann Maguire Educational Fund which was started by her family to provide bursaries to support young people achieve their ambitions in music, drama, language and dance. Mrs Maguire died after being stabbed by a pupil at Corpus Christi College in Leeds. You can find out more about the fund here.
A sixteen year old boy is due to appear in court today accused of the murder of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, accepted unlawfully killing Mrs Maguire at a previous hearing.
He is accused of stabbing her to death in a classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April.
Ann Maguire was very close to her family and spoke to her sisters Denise and Shelagh virtually every day - despite the fact they all live in different parts of the country.
Today they spoke for the first time about the huge hole her loss has left in their lives, and how the support of the Yorkshire community had helped them.