Teacher’s killer loses sentence appeal

Will Cornick. Below, the family of teacher Ann Maguire, from left, nephew Daniel Poole, daughter Kelly, husband Don and other daughter Emma, leave the High Court
Will Cornick. Below, the family of teacher Ann Maguire, from left, nephew Daniel Poole, daughter Kelly, husband Don and other daughter Emma, leave the High Court

THE teenage killer of Wigan-born schoolteacher Ann Maguire has lost a challenge against his minimum 20-year prison sentence.

Will Cornick stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, seven times from behind as she taught a Spanish class at a Leeds high school in April last year.

The family of teacher Ann Maguire, (left to right) daughter Kelly, husband Don and other daughter Emma, leave the High Court in London where  Will Cornick lost a challenge to his 20-year minimum term for her murder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 29, 2015. Cornick stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, seven times from behind as she taught a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April last year. See PA story COURTS Teacher. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The family of teacher Ann Maguire, (left to right) daughter Kelly, husband Don and other daughter Emma, leave the High Court in London where Will Cornick lost a challenge to his 20-year minimum term for her murder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 29, 2015. Cornick stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, seven times from behind as she taught a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April last year. See PA story COURTS Teacher. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Today, a panel of three judges at the Court of Appeal in London, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, rejected Cornick’s appeal against the minimum term, saying that on the “disturbing” facts of the case, the sentencing judge came to “entirely the right decision”.

The 16-year-old was warned he might never be released from prison by a judge in November who found his pride and lack of remorse over his actions ‘’truly grotesque’’.

A memorial for Mrs Maguire was unveiled at Mesnes Park pavilion in December, paying tribute to the mother-of-two as an “inspiration to us all”.

Mrs Maguire’s widower, Don, who was in court today with other members of the family (pictured), earlier described the killing as a “monumental act of cowardice and evil”.

Cornick was not present for the hearing.