Ann Maguire: Husband of murdered Leeds teacher hopes her inquest will shed light on her death

Ann Maguire. PIC: PA
Ann Maguire. PIC: PA

The husband of the only teacher to be murdered by a pupil in a British classroom has said he hopes the inquest into her death can shed further light on whether the tragedy could have been prevented.

Spanish teacher Ann Maguire was stabbed to death by 15-year-old pupil Will Cornick at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, in April 2014.

The inquest into her death is due to begin on Monday at Wakefield Coroner’s Court.

It comes a fortnight after Mrs Maguire’s family lost an Appeal Court challenge against a coroner’s decision not to call evidence from pupils who had contact with Cornick immediately before her murder.

Her husband, Don Maguire, and his children have campaigned for further investigation into her death and believe that more could have been done to prevent it.

Mr Maguire said: “While we are disappointed that certain evidence will still not be reviewed at the hearing we hope the inquest can shed further light as to whether Ann’s death could have been prevented and whether lessons can be learned from this.”

Solicitor Yogi Amin from Irwin Mitchell, who is representing the family, said: “While hearing evidence about Ann’s death will no doubt be difficult for the family, they remain committed to finding out exactly what happened on the day she was killed and the lead up to it.

“They believe it is the only way that lessons will be learned from the incident.”

In October, three judges in London dismissed the family’s appeal against an earlier ruling by a High Court judge in August.

Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed in the back by Cornick as she taught a Spanish class.

Cornick was later sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years.

The inquest is due to take place before a jury and is expected to last for two weeks.