Teenager cleared of murdering school friend with flick knife

Yousef Makki was stabbed by his friend in March

Friday, July 12, 2019

A 17-year-old boy has been cleared of murdering his grammar school friend with a flick knife during a fight.

He stabbed Yousef Makki, also 17, in the heart with a knife in the village of Hale Barns in Cheshire in March.

The defendant, known as Boy A, and another 17-year-old who was involved, known as Boy B, cannot be named as they are aged under 18.

The jury heard the stabbing was an “accident waiting to happen” as all three harboured “fantasies” they were middle class gangsters.

Yousef came from a single-parent Anglo-Lebanese family in south Manchester, and the other boys are from wealthy Cheshire families.

The court heard in the lead up to Yousef’s death Boy B had arranged a £45 cannabis deal, and the trio planned to rob the drug dealer.

But the robbery went wrong and Yousef and Boy B fled, leaving Boy A to take a beating.

Later that day Boy A got into a fight with Yousef and accidently stabbed him.

Boy A broke down in court and said he “didn't realise anything had happened at first”.

As Yousef lay dying, the panicking teens hid the knives, dialled 999 and tried to stop the blood pouring out of their friend’s chest.

They told police they had found Yousef on the street and suggested others were responsible.

Both defendants face sentencing for the possession of the flick knives, and Boy A will also be sentenced for perverting the course of justice.

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