Death of Ann Maguire: Youth Charged with Murder

30/04/2014

CPS Yorkshire and Humberside has today announced that a 15 year old male has been charged with the murder of Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire.

Peter Mann, Head of the CPS Yorkshire and Humberside Complex Casework Unit, 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 28 April.

"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 defendant will first appear at Leeds Youth Court on Thursday 1 May and at Leeds Crown Court for a bail hearing on Friday 2 May.

"The family of Mrs Maguire has 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."