School­boy had planned to mur­der his teacher’s un­born baby in killing spree

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Paul Jeeves

A SCHOOL­BOY who mur­dered his teacher also planned to stab to death his head of year and butcher a preg­nant teacher’s un­born baby af­ter re­search­ing how to “kill fast”, an in­quest heard.

Strap­ping 6ft Will Cor­nick showed fel­low pupils a 13in kitchen knife and boasted of his plot to at­tack pe­tite Ann Maguire be­fore he stabbed her eight times dur­ing her Span­ish class.

He was also car­ry­ing a bot­tle of Jack Daniels whiskey in his ruck­sack, along with the knife, which he pulled out and boasted: “It’s like a party.”

Cor­nick was 15 when he mur­dered Mrs Maguire, 61, at Cor­pus Christi Catholic Col­lege in Leeds in April, 2014. He in­tended to go on to stab preg­nant Sinead Mi­ley in the stom­ach to kill the baby and then plunge his knife into the throat of year head Andrew Kel­lett.

De­spite at least 10 stu­dents know­ing Cor­nick was armed and had al­co­hol, none of them raised the alarm – ei­ther fear­ing Cor­nick would harm them or be­liev­ing the threats he was mak­ing about killing the vet­eran Span­ish teacher to be a joke.

Yes­ter­day head of English Marie Cole­man told the in­quest into Mrs Maguire’s death how dur­ing the first les­son of the day she left the class­room for 10 min­utes when Cor­nick be­gan bran­dish­ing his weapon to class­mates and re­veal­ing his mur­der­ous plan. She said it was “un­fath­omable” why stu­dents failed to in­form staff.

One pupil told an­other teacher Emma Con­way about see­ing the knife but only af­ter the stab­bing.

Nick Armstrong, for the Maguire fam­ily, asked Ms Con­way why she thought none of the chil­dren re­ported it be­fore Mrs Maguire was stabbed. Ms Con­way said: “I’ve no idea. I don’t know why any one of them wouldn’t have done.

“It beg­gars be­lief that they wouldn’t share that in­for­ma­tion. It’s shock­ing.”

Cor­nick was jailed for a min­i­mum of 20 years at Leeds Crown Court in Novem­ber, 2014, af­ter plead­ing guilty to the mur­der of Mrs Maguire. It was said that the pair had a “bro­ken re­la­tion­ship” be­cause the teacher had blocked his at­tempt to drop Span­ish classes and banned him from a school out­ing.

The Maguire fam­ily have failed in High Court at­tempts to have chil­dren who wit­nessed the mur­der give ev­i­dence at the in­quest in Wake­field.

Mrs Maguire’s wid­ower, Don Maguire, 65, said “dif­fi­cult ques­tions” needed to be asked of the pupils who heard of Cor­nick’s dis­turb­ing plan.

The in­quest con­tin­ues.

Pic­tures: SWNS / PA

Vic­tim…Span­ish teacher Ann Maguire

Mur­derer…Cor­nick wielded a 13in knife

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