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Depraved schoolboy Cornick who killed Ann Maguire 'too evil to be freed'

By Dave Higgens and Amy Murphy

A 16-year-old boy who stabbed teacher Ann Maguire to death in a "monumental act of cowardice and evil" has been warned he may never be released from prison by a judge who found his pride and lack of remorse over his actions "truly grotesque".

Mr Justice Coulson told Will Cornick, who stabbed Mrs Maguire (61) seven times from behind as she taught a class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April, that he must serve at least 20 years in custody before he is considered for release.

But he warned Cornick, who was 15 when he killed his Spanish teacher, that, having read about him, "it's quite possible that day may never come".

The court heard how the teenager held a deep hatred of Mrs Maguire and had planned her murder, telling many of his friends of his desire to kill her.

After the murder he told experts that he "couldn't give a s***'' and added: "Everything I've done is fine and dandy.''

In an attack that shocked the nation, Cornick winked at another boy before he launched into a savage assault in front of a terrified class full of pupils.

Mrs Maguire was left with stab wounds as bad as any the paramedic who attended had ever seen, including one wound which went straight through her neck and another that cut her jugular vein.

Despite this the teacher managed to leave the classroom, pursued by the teenager until a colleague bundled her into a room and held the door shut.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Cornick went back into the classroom, sat down and said "good times" in front of his traumatised classmates.

Teachers and police who detained him said he showed a bizarre calmness which continued as he was assessed by a range of experts. The court heard he has never shown any remorse and has spoken of his pride in what he has done.

When he was sentenced yesterday, as with when he was stabbing Mrs Maguire to death, Cornick showed no emotion.

The teenager, who the court heard came from a loving and supportive family, had also talked of attacking other school staff, including a pregnant woman "so as to kill her unborn child''.

Outlining the case in a packed courtroom, prosecutor Paul Greaney QC said Cornick was in Mrs Maguire's Spanish class and his academic reports "had generally been positive''.

He said there was nothing to indicate to the boy's parents or teachers a risk of "homicidal violence''.

But, he said, pupils noticed disturbing aspects to his personality.

Cornick told other children that he hated Mrs Maguire and wanted her dead.

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.''

Two months before the murder, Cornick sent a message on Facebook which said of Mrs Maguire: "The one absolute f****** bitch that deserves more than death, more than pain torture and more than anything that we can understand.''

The boy told a psychiatrist how he planned the murder.

Mr Greaney told the court that the defendant said to the expert: "I decided on Sunday it was going to be a knife. I wanted to get caught. That's why I did it in school. I wanted to be in jail.''

Mr Greaney said: "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.''

Mrs Maguire was stabbed seven times to her upper back and neck, Mr Greaney said. The main wound was to her jugular vein.

Cornick, wearing a grey suit and tie, stood flanked by two prison officers in the dock as the court clerk read out the charge.

He looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as he pleaded guilty to murdering Mrs Maguire.

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