Family of teen stabbed in 'tragic accident' outraged by coroner's call

Family’s fury over deadly stabbing of Yousef Makki as sister says she is ‘disgusted’ at coroner for not delivering unlawful killing verdict

  • Yousef Makki, 17, died after a confrontation with his friend Joshua Molnar 
  • Molnar was found not guilty of both murder and manslaughter after his defence team claimed the stabbing in March 2019 had been ‘a tragic accident’
  • Coroner Alison Mutch rejected claim, but did not record death as unlawful killing
  • Inquest follows lengthy campaign by Yousef’s family after Molnar was acquitted 

The sister of a private schoolboy who was stabbed through the heart told of her disgust yesterday after a coroner said she could not deliver a verdict of unlawful killing.

Yousef Makki, 17, died after a confrontation with his friend Joshua Molnar, then also 17, in March 2019.

Molnar was found not guilty of both murder and manslaughter after his defence said the stabbing was a ‘tragic accident’.

Coroner Alison Mutch rejected this claim yesterday, saying she could not be satisfied ‘on the balance of probabilities’ that Yousef’s death was ‘accidental’.

However, she added: ‘The precise circumstances in which he was wounded cannot, on the balance of probabilities, be ascertained.’ 

Rather than recording the death as an unlawful killing, Miss Mutch delivered a narrative verdict. 

Yousef Makki, 17, (pictured) died after a confrontation with his friend Joshua Molnar, then also 17, in March 2019 

Molnar claimed in his evidence to the inquest that Yousef drew a knife and that he put out his hands in self-defence while holding his own weapon.

The pair’s mutual friend Adam Chowdhary said he did not see Yousef with a knife in his hand – but told the inquest he did not see the actual confrontation, which took place in the leafy Greater Manchester suburb of Hale Barns.

The only other witness, a private security guard Michael Bowman, was in his car on a work break. 

He was watching Netflix, and so could not say precisely what had happened.

The inquest followed a lengthy campaign by Yousef’s family after Molnar was acquitted of murder and manslaughter. 

Yousef’s sister Jade Akoum (right), 30, said: ‘To say that we are disappointed is an understatement. We are disgusted. We feel that the coroner did not challenge Molnar and Chowdhary’ 

Chowdhary was jailed for four months for possessing a knife, while Molnar was sentenced to 16 months after admitting the same charge and lying to police.

Yousef’s mother Debbie Makki died of sepsis in May 2020. 

Her family said she suffered a ‘broken heart’ following the death of her son, who held a scholarship at the £14,000-a-year Manchester Grammar School.

After yesterday’s verdict at Stockport Coroner’s Court, Yousef’s sister Jade Akoum, 30, said: ‘To say that we are disappointed is an understatement. We are disgusted. We feel that the coroner did not challenge Molnar and Chowdhary.’

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