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Boy accused of teacher murder bid

Published 12/06/2015

Police at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford after a teacher was stabbed at the school
Police at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford after a teacher was stabbed at the school

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempting to murder a teacher in a school.

The teenager was arrested after supply teacher Vincent Uzomah, 50, was stabbed in the stomach as he began a science lesson at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford yesterday morning.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it has decided there is sufficient evidence to charge him with attempted murder and he will appear before magistrates in Bradford tomorrow.

Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: " The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police in connection with this case.

"Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge a 14-year-old youth with attempted murder.

"Accordingly I have today authorised West Yorkshire Police to charge the youth with this offence and he will first appear at Bradford Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

"This defendant has now been charged with a serious criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Mr Uzomah, who had been working at the school for a few weeks, was taken to hospital and was last night said to be in a stable, non-life threatening condition with his family by his bedside.

The attack led to a six-hour hunt for a 14-year-old boy who was later arrested in the city centre.

Police were alerted by paramedics who were called to the school at around 8.55am yesterday. The incident was witnessed by a number of other children in the class.

The school is about 15 miles away from Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, where veteran teacher Ann Maguire was stabbed to death by a student just over a year ago.

Dixons Kings Academy - then called the Kings Science Academy - started in 2011 as one of the first free schools in England and was visited by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2012, but it was beset by financial controversy and the former head and other staff members were arrested. Their prosecution is ongoing.

The Dixons Academy Trust, which runs seven other schools in Bradford, took over the school in January.

Today, children at the school said Mr Uzomah is a kind man and a good teacher.

Tauseef Hussain, 12, said: "He was my teacher for science on a Monday. He was a good teacher. He was kind. He wasn't one of the strict ones."

His father, Jamil Hussain, said: "Everybody liked him. Good teachers will change your life."

A spokesman for the Seven Casting agency said Mr Uzomah was an extra on their books and had worked on soaps including Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

He said: "Vincent is a very nice, reliable, bubbly guy. He's genuine and easy to get on with.

"He's worked on a few of the northern soaps and has done things in Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

"He's always very reliable and courteous."

The spokesman said staff at the agency were shocked when they heard about the stabbing.

"It was a shock when we first heard about it in the news and then to find out it was Vincent was even more shocking. It's absolutely crazy but thankfully it sounds like he is going to be OK," he said.

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