Ann Maguire: Leeds teacher’s killer named

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A TEENAGER who stabbed school teacher Ann Maguire to death in the classroom of a school in Leeds can now be identified as William Cornick.

A judge today lifted press restrictions to which had banned identifying the 16-year-old.

Cornick was jailed for a minimum of 20 years after pleading guilty to murdering Mrs Maguire at Corpus Christi Catholic College on April 28 this year.

Lawyers for Cornick had sought to keep press restrictions in place to protect his anonymity despite his guilty plea to murder.

It was claimed naming him would place him at risk of attack from other inmates at the secure unit where he is being held.

It was also claimed that it would lead to him being an increased suicide risk.

The court heard Cornick is already on a 24 hour-a-day suicide watch because the risk of him taking his own life is assessed as very high.

It was further claimed that naming him publicly would restrict his rehabilitation in the future.

Mr Justice Coulson agreed to lift the order due to the “unprecedented nature” of the murder.

The judge said: “There is a public interest in open justice and there is public interest in naming defendants who are convicted of murder.

He added: “This is a cause of exceptional public interest. This is a case where there will be an interest in identifying how and why this happened and whether there are lessons to learned for the school and the wider community.

“It seems to me that it is a fine balance, but in the end....I consider that in relation to the defendant that order should be lifted.”

The court heard Cornick’s father had already contacted with the Independent Press Standanrds Organisation indicating that his family should not be contacted by the media with requests for comments or interviews over the incident.

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