A 16-year-old British school boy has been given 20 year prison sentence after he admitted murdering Leeds teacher Ann Maguire, BBC reported..
Will Cornick stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, seven times in the back and neck at Corpus Christi Catholic College, then sat down and said “good times”.
Leeds Crown Court heard he had told other pupils he hated Mrs Maguire.
The judge said he had shown a “chilling lack of remorse” and ordered him to serve at least 20 years, saying he might never be released.Mrs Maguire’s family said they were “looking to the future with a fragile hope”.
Cornick, who was 15 when he killed Mrs Maguire in April, had not been named because of his age but judge Mr Justice Coulson lifted an order banning his identification.
Earlier the teenager stood in the dock flanked by two prison officers as the clerk read out the charge.
He looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as he admitted murdering Mrs Maguire. The Spanish teacher suffered seven stab wounds to her back and neck.
Mr Justice Coulson said it was “quite possible” Cornick would never be released.
Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC told the court the boy had “psychopathic tendencies” and had derived pleasure from the public nature of the killing, something the judge referred to as “truly grotesque”.
He told the court pupils had noticed disturbing aspects to Cornick’s personality.
Cornick told other children he hated Mrs Maguire and wanted her dead, writing on Facebook that she “deserves more than death, more than pain and more than anything that we can understand”.
The prosecutor said: “Late on the night of Christmas Eve 2013, and into the early hours of Christmas Day, the defendant exchanged messages with a friend on Facebook.
“In those messages he spoke of ‘brutally killing’ Mrs Maguire and spending the rest of his life in jail so as not to have to worry about life or money.”
The court heard Mrs Maguire had been leaning over her desk helping a girl with her work when the boy attacked her from behind after winking at another pupil in the classroom.
“The defendant approached his teacher and began to stab her in the neck and back,” said Mr Greaney.
“Ann Maguire was 61 years of age, 5ft 2in in height and of slim build.
“The defendant was a full foot taller and was armed with a large kitchen knife.
“To describe his attack as cowardly hardly does it justice.”
The prosecutor said Mrs Maguire fled but was chased by Cornick, who was “stabbing her as she sought to escape”.
Mrs Maguire was stabbed seven times before colleague Susan Francis, alerted by children screaming, rushed her friend into a work room and held the door shut.
Mrs Maguire had worked at the school for more than 40 years and had been due to retire.
In a statement read to the court, Mrs Maguire’s widower Don described the attack as a “monumental act of cowardice and evil”.