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  • 1 May 2014, 5:08

Teacher Stabbing: Boy To Face Court In Leeds

A schoolboy charged over the murder of Leeds teacher Ann Maguire is expected to face court later today.

The 15-year-old will first appear atLeeds Youth Court and then for a bail hearing at Leeds Crown Court.

Peter Mann, Head of the Complex Casework Unit at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, announced on Wednesday that police had sufficient evidence to charge the schoolboy.

He said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police in connection with the death of Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, on Monday, April 28.

"A 15-year-old male was arrested in connection with this incident and has been interviewed under caution by police.

"Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us by West Yorkshire Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge this youth with the murder of Ann Maguire and that it is in the public interest to do so.

"The family of Mrs Maguire have been informed of this decision and they will be offered a meeting to explain the trial process and answer any questions they may have.

"The death of Mrs Maguire has attracted a very considerable amount of public interest and media activity.

"This defendant now stands charged with an extremely serious criminal offence and has the right to a fair trial.

"It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Ms Maguire, 61, died from multiple stab wounds at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds, where she had taught for more than 40 years.

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