A coroner investigating Yousef Makki’s stabbing said more children could die as a result of British death knives culture after he found out that a schoolboy had been killed by a weapon bought “with ease during a school break”.
Yousef, 17, died after confrontation with his friend Joshua Molnar in luxury Hales Barnes, Cheshire, during the early evening of March 2, 2019.
The teenager, who received a scholarship of £ 13,380 a year to a grammar school in Manchester, suffered a 12-inch deep wound to the chest caused by a flick of a knife.
Molnar, then 17, was freed from murder and homicide on the basis of self-defense, but was sentenced to 16 months in prison for holding a knife and obstructing the administration of justice by lying to the police at the scene.
Mutual friend Adam Chowdhary, who was present at the fatal incident, was also acquitted and sentenced to four months in prison for possession of a knife.
An investigation into Yousef’s death at the coroner’s court in Stockport ended in November, with Chief Coroner Alison Mutch deciding that the “exact circumstances” of his death “cannot, based on a balance of probabilities.” be detected ’.
However, in a report released on Friday, she wrote to Education Minister Nadhi Zahawi to raise concerns about the deadly knife culture in the UK.
He says: “The investigation heard evidence that there was a culture among some teenagers who considered holding knives impressive and did not understand the risks inherent in carrying knives.
Yousef Makki, 17, was stabbed in the heart after a confrontation with his friend in Manchester
Joshua Molnar (left, pictured with his mother Stephanie), then 17 years old, was sentenced to 16 months in a juvenile detention center after confessing to holding a knife
Adam Chowdhary, also a student at Manchester High School, was sentenced to four months in prison for holding a knife.
Chief Coroner Alison Mutch wrote to Education Minister Nadhi Zahawi to raise concerns about the deadly knife culture in the UK.
“The knife that stabbed Yousef was easily bought during the school break.
“It was clear from the evidence that schools and education play a vital role in teenagers’ attitudes to carrying knives.”
The investigation had previously heard that Yousef came from humble beginnings, from an incomplete Anglo-Lebanese family, but he had a great mind.
His mother “sewed and saved” so she could buy his school uniform for £ 1,000 after winning a £ 13,000 scholarship a year at a grammar school in Manchester.
Yousef’s sister, Jade Akoum, paid tribute to her brother during the investigation: “He was a peacemaker. He was everything you wanted from a brother or a son.
“We miss every day. It’s a huge emptiness that we will never return. “
His mother, Debbie Makki (55), died of sepsis in May 2020.
Before her death, she wrote a statement to the court: ‘I don’t think people realize how this affects your whole life.’
The court heard that on the day of his death, three teenagers had gathered in an underground car park under a supermarket shortly after visiting the Square shopping center in Manchester.
Chowdhary said Josh Molnar’s investigation was “impressed” when he was shown the swinging knives he and Yousef were said to have in the parking lot they had booked for a school break two weeks ago.
After Chowdhary arranged a small cannabis shop, the group then visited a country road near Manchester Airport together.
However, Molnar was beaten by two alleged dealers and thrown his £ 2,000 Starling bike over a hedge.
The Greater Manchester police said during the investigation that they believed the “pre-cursor incident” was in fact a planned retaliatory attack and not a drug trade.
Police at the scene at Gorse Bank Road, Hale Barns, Cheshire, where Yousef was stabbed to death
Flowers, photographs and tributes displayed in front of a grammar school in Manchester after his death
Yousef’s body is taken from a funeral ceremony at the Dar Al-Hadi Foundation in Ardwick
This was followed by a review of police investigations into the Wilmslow incidents in which Molnar had been involved two weeks earlier.
Molnar denied that he was involved, and he was never prosecuted, but the boy’s cousins attacked him out of revenge.
He said he blamed Chowdhary for riding the bike and confronted his 300-pound jacket later that day as “compensation” until the bike was returned.
Molnar also accused Yousef of “just watching” the attack.
The last time Yousef was captured alive was at 6:34 and 46 seconds, when the three of them met again that evening.
The investigation heard that the fatal stabbing occurred without a camera seeing him, about 6:36 p.m.
As Yousef lay on the run, the defendants, in panic, hid the knives in the bushes and sewers, dialed 999, and desperately tried to stop the blood from Yousef’s wound on his chest.
Molnar was not found guilty of murder and homicide after his defense said the stabbing was a “tragic accident.”
Chowdhary claimed to be looking at his phone, so he didn’t see the stab.