Boy, 16, denies trying to murder two boarding school pupils and housemaster

Blundell's School
Blundell's School

A 16-year-old-boy has denied trying to murder two pupils and housemaster in an alleged hammer attack at a £41,000-a-year boarding school.

The youth, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempted murder at Blundell’s boarding and day school in Tiverton, Devon in June.

Henry Roffe-Silvester, a maths teacher and sports coach, suffered multiple injuries alongside two pupils in the attack.

One of the pupils was left in a critical condition and the second pupil was left in a stable condition after the alleged incident.

The defendant, appearing via video link from a remand centre, pleaded not guilty during a hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday.

He is due to stand trial next year in a case which could last up to six weeks.

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