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Yousef Makki stabbing: Boy cleared of murdering Anglo-Lebanese teenager

The 17-year-old Manchester Grammar School was stabbed in the heart with a flick knife

Yousef Makki was fatally stabbed in Hale Barns, Britain on Sunday. Reuters
Yousef Makki was fatally stabbed in Hale Barns, Britain on Sunday. Reuters

A boy has been cleared of murdering his 17-year-old school friend, who was fatally stabbed with a flick knife.

Yousef Makki, who attended the fee-paying Manchester Grammar School, was killed in the upmarket village of Hale Barns, Cheshire in March.

Yousef, from a single parent Anglo-Lebanese family, was stabbed in the heart after getting into an argument with his friends over a botched attempt to rob a drug dealer, the jury heard.

A 17-year-old defendant, known as Boy A, was found not guilty of murder and not guilty of an alternative charge of manslaughter.

A second defendant, also 17, known as Boy B, was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and not guilty of conspiracy to rob.

After the verdict, Yousef’s father could be heard shouting: "Where's the justice for my son? Where's the justice?"

Yousef was from a single-parent Anglo-Lebanese family and had won a scholarship to the £12,000-a-year school.

The court was told that despite the middle-class backgrounds of the defendants, both led “double lives” from their families and background.

Yousef and the defendants would smoke cannabis and refer to each other as “bro” and “fam”.

The three boys had posted videos to social media of them posing with knives and making threats.

Yousef was stabbed hours after the three boys tried to rob a dealer of £45 worth of cannabis, the court heard.

The robbery went wrong and Boy A was beaten up, while Yousef and Boy B fled.

Boy A and Yousef argued and both pulled knives out on each other.

The court heard that Boy A accidentally stabbed Yousef when he pulled his knife out.

The incident was an “accident waiting to happen”, the jury was told.

Updated: July 12, 2019 08:34 PM

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