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.
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.