Ann Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death by a student at Corpus Christi Catholic College in April 2014. The 15 tear old student was successfully prosecuted and ordered to be detained for a minimum of 20 years after pleading guilty to her murder.
The Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire David Hinchliffe has said a date for the inquest had not yet been fixed but ruled yesterday he would be holding a full inquest, to investigate the circumstances in which this tragic death occurred. He arrived at this decision due to the fact that the Crown Prosecution Service had never fully reviewed the factual evidence and circumstance leading up to Ann Maguire’s death due to the student entering an early guilty plea. Mr Hinchliffe confirmed he will be thoroughly examining all the evidence to ensure that nothing could have been done to prevent her death.
Mr Hinchliffe made a similar statement when opening the inquests into the death of Christi and Bobby Shepherd who died from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Corfu whilst on a Thomas Cook holiday. Even though criminal proceedings had taken place in Corfu Mr Hinchliffe ruled to open their inquests and promised to conduct a full and fearless enquiry into their deaths. In May 2015, a Jury found that the children were Unlawfully Killed and that failings in the Tour Operators procedures contributed to their deaths.
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