Teacher's killer Will Cornick can be named (again) after media appeal, judge rules

A teenager who murdered teacher Ann Maguire can be named, a judge has ruled.

Will Cornick (pictured, West Yorkshire Police) was 15 years old when he stabbed to death Mrs Maguire, 61, as she taught a class at Corpus Christi Catholic College, in Leeds, in April.

Cornick, now 16, admitted murder today and the judge at Leeds Crown Court, Mr Justice Coulson, lifted an order banning his identification.

The judge told Cornick as he sentenced him to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 20 years before he could even be considered for release that he might never be able to leave prison.

The killing was a "monumental act of cowardice and evil" said the judge, adding that Cornick's pride in his actions and lack of remorse were "truly grotesque".

Media organisations had argued in a written submission to the court by barrister David Glen that Cornick should be named because of the seriousness of his crime and the importance of ensuring that people who committed "serious and detestable crimes" were publicly identified.

He had already been named – legally – shortly after Maguire's murder in The Sun newspaper.

He was also named in a variety of websites and blogs as well as on Twitter – and internet websites which identified him were beyond the reach of the ban on identification imposed by orders under section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, which applied specifically to reports of court proceedings in newspapers and broadcasts.

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