Ann Maguire stabbing: Leeds teacher 'died from neck wound'

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Image caption Ann Maguire worked at Corpus Christi Catholic College for more than 40 years

A teacher who was attacked in her classroom died from "shock and haemorrhage" after being stabbed in the neck, an inquest has heard.

Ann Maguire, 61, was stabbed in front of her pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

Leeds Coroner's Court heard her jugular vein was severed in the attack on 28 April, as an inquest into her death was opened.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with Mrs Maguire's murder.

Det Ch Insp Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police, told the inquest the teacher had suffered a number of stab wounds but one to her neck, which severed the major vein, was the fatal injury.

He said emergency services were called to the school at 11:49 BST.

"They were directed to the top floor modern languages department where paramedics initially attended to Mrs Ann Maguire - a teacher at the school - who was very seriously injured having been stabbed," he said.

"Mrs Maguire was taken by ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency treatment.

"Sadly, she did not survive her injuries and her death was pronounced at 1.10pm."

Months from retirement

He said Home Office pathologist Brian Roger conducted a post-mortem examination on the same day at Pinderfields Hospital, in Wakefield.

"Dr Rogers established Mrs Maguire's cause of death as shock and haemorrhage," he said.

"Although there were a number of stab wounds, a stab wound to her neck had severed her jugular vein and was the fatal injury."

Mr Wallen said a second post-mortem examination had reached the same conclusion.

Mrs Maguire, who taught Spanish, had worked at the school for more than 40 years and was due to retire in September.

The teacher lived in Moortown, Leeds, with her husband, Donald. The couple had two daughters, Emma and Kerry.

She also raised her nephews Andrew and Daniel following the death of her sister, Eileen Poole, when the boys were young.

None of her family attended court for the hearing.

Coroner David Hinchliff adjourned the inquest to a date yet to be decided.

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