Former teacher gives evidence in Ann Maguire inquest

Marco Green
November 14, 2017

He said Facebook messages exchanged with another pupil around Christmas 2013, discovered after the killing, showed a "hatred" for Mrs Maguire and he talked about attacking her. Mr Wallen said the other child involved said he did not believe Cornick's threats were real.

He said she was stabbed seven times with a kitchen knife Cornick had brought from home, including one blow which cut her jugular vein.

Will Cornick, now 19, is serving a minimum 20-year sentence for stabbing Mrs Maguire during a Spanish lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, West Yorkshire in 2014.

The inquest heard Cornick had told at least 10 other pupils precisely what he was going to do - where he was going to do it and how he was going to do it. On April 28, 2014, he winked at a classmate, got up from his seat and stabbed Mrs Maguire before sitting down 'like nothing had happened, ' the court heard.

'It was an absolute tragedy with what has occurred - William Cornick is the one person who knows why he did what we did'.

He later added: "I want power".

The 6ft 2ins Cornick had offered to be "petite" Maguire's "assassin" and had said he wanted to use "a long shiny blade".

"It was abundantly clear to all of them that had they raised the alarm this could have been stopped".

Confirming that Cornick had told a number of children of his intentions, Det Supt Wallen insisted none took him seriously. He said: "He was a young man who was prone to say things that weren't true".

The inquest also heard Cornick had stormed out of a meeting called to discuss his work in Spanish, involving Mrs Maguire.

"My answer would be no".

An inquest into the death of stabbed teacher Ann Maguire is due to begin in Wakefield. Mrs Maguire, 61, left a widower Don, 65, and daughters Kerry, 35, and Emma, 33.

He told the court that "lessons must be learnt" from his wife's "catastrophic death" but blasted the authorities for failing to seek proper answers to what had driven Cornick to murder.

The inquest, expected to last two weeks, continues.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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