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Teenager admits killing teacher

A teenager accused of murdering the Leeds teacher Ann Maguire in her classroom has admitted killing her.

The boy, who was 15 at the time he stabbed her to death in front of pupils, has accepted responsibility for her unlawful killing, Leeds Crown Court was told today. Members of Mrs Maguire's family were in court and heard him speak - Jon Hill was there:

Teen 'accepting responsibility' not admission of murder

The barrister of a teenage boy who "accepted responsibility" for the killing of teacher Ann Maguire told a court this was not an admission of murder.

Ann Maguire

The boy, who is now 16-years-old, appeared at Leeds Crown Court this morning via videolink. He did not enter a formal plea.

The teenager appeared on two video screens in the packed courtroom.

He was wearing an orange T-shirt with blue trousers and spoke twice - to confirm his name as the 10 minute long hearing began, and to acknowledge he understood what was happening, when the judge asked him at the end.

Members of Mrs Maguire's family watched the proceedings from the public gallery.

Mr Wright, Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, and the judge, Judge Peter Collier QC, all sat in court without their normal robes.

The court heard that expert psychiatric reports would now be prepared before the trial.

Mr Wright said: "The defendant accepts that he unlawfully killed Ann Maguire. The issue in the case will be whether or not a partial defence is available to him."

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

Both the judge and Mr Greaney asked the public to be extremely careful about using social media to discuss this case and stressed there could be heavy penalties for naming the defendant or other details about the case ahead of the trial.

Ann Maguire

Mrs 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 in a school since the 1996 Dunblane massacre.

She first went to Corpus Christi as a student teacher and last year the school held a celebration of her 40 years of service.

This year, she had moved to working four days a week ahead of her planned retirement.

Mrs Maguire, who was head of Year 11 at the school for more than 10 years, lived in the Moortown area of Leeds with her husband, Don, who is a former maths teacher and landscape gardener.

The teenager was told he will appear again for a hearing on September 26. He was remanded in custody.


Teen 'accepts responsibility' for teacher killing

A teenager accused of murdering teacher Ann Maguire in her classroom "has accepted responsibility for the unlawful killing", Richard Wright QC, defending, told Leeds Crown Court today.

Ann Maguire

But the Court heard that that did not amount to an acceptance of the charge of murder.

The boy, who is now 16, was arrested after Mr Maguire, a teacher at Corpus Christie Catholic College in Leeds, was stabbed to death in a classroom.

Today, members of Mrs Maguire's family were in court for the 12-minute hearing.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons is being held in youth detention and appeared via video link.

Memorial service planned for Ann Maguire

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ann Maguire will take place at Leeds Town Hall, on Monday, 29 September 2014 at 12 noon.

Ann Maguire

The public will be welcome to join invited guests to celebrate the life of Ann Maguire. Her teaching career spanned more than 40 years. She was due to retire in September.

The Ann Maguire Arts Educational Fund, set up in her memory, has raised almost £20,000 since her death on April 28 this year.

Jail for murdered teacher Facebook troll

Facebook troll Jake Newsome is tonight starting a jail term for using social media to say he was glad Leeds teacher, Ann Maguire, had been killed.

Mrs Maguire was killed at Corpus Christi Catholic College in April. Newsome also said he felt sorry for the teenage boy charged with her murder. From Leeds Magistrates Court, Tina Gelder reports.


Facebook troll could face jail over Ann Maguire comments

A twenty-one-year old man has today been warned he could face jail for writing an offensive message on Facebook about the murder of teacher Ann Maguire.

Jake Newsome, who is from Harehills in Leeds, admitted posting the words on the social networking site just days after she died.

His appearance at Leeds Magistrates Court this afternoon came as it was confirmed that the funeral of 61 year old Mrs Maguire will be held in the city on Friday.

Lisa Adlam reports:

Third person admits posting offensive messages

A third person has admitted posting offensive messages on social media in the aftermath of murder of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.

Jake Newsome, 21, admitted posting a 'grossly offensive' comment on Facebook.

Newsome appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court to plead guilty to sending a malicious communication on May 1.

He is due to be sentenced on June 4.

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