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article imageJudge in U.K. allows name of a 16-year-old killer to be released

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 4, 2014 in Crime
A judge in the U.K. lifted the restriction on the naming a young offender and permitted a 16-year-old convicted murdered to be named. He also sentenced Will Cornick, 15 when he killed his Spanish teacher, to a minimum of 20 years in jail.
“There’s a public interest in naming a defendant who has been convicted of murder," Mr Justice Coulson told the courtroom in Leeds. His lifting of the restriction comes after a debate on the subject. Mr. Justice Coulson said the arguments for and against were "finely tuned' but that in the end it was a matter of the needs of the public.
Cornick killed his Spanish teacher, Ann Maguire, on 28 April at the Corpus Christi Catholic college in Leeds. While in class, he walked up behind her and stabbed her seven times in the back. During the trial, the court heard how he had spoken of killing her for some three years. He'd also spoken of killing two other teachers, one who was pregnant.
Before he murdered Ms. Maguire, Cornick showed the knife to a boy sitting across from him and asked him to test if it was sharp. The boy declined and Cornick then told him what he was going to kill the teacher and he got up, walked to the front of the class and did so. He then sat back down.
Not all observers are happy with the release of the young offender's name and some journalists feel it's the wrong choice: "The public interest is not served by the prurient media disclosure of the identity of a child who has committed a crime, no matter how trivial nor how serious," columnist Frances Cook wrote in the Guardian. "Any judge who claims that it is in the public interest to identify a 16-year-old boy convicted of murder...risks giving in to the voracious media and to public voyeurism."
Psychiatrists who've examined him said Cornick shows no remorse and has “psychopathic elements” and could kill again. There is no guarantee he will gain release after 20 years as the sentence is indeterminate and could keep him in jail for life. The judge said Cornick was "highly dangerous."
There are 16 underage killers currently in jail in the U.K.
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