Boy, 17, who knifed Grammar school boy to death posted Snapchat film during his trial of himself making a stabbing motion and listening to drill music, it emerges as he is jailed for just eight months
- Yousef Makki, 17, was stabbed to death by 17-year-old ‘Boy A’ earlier this year
- Boy A cleared of murder and manslaughter after court heard it was self-defence
- He was handed 16 months detention today after admitting lying to the police
- Family slammed the sentence and said ‘no punishment would be enough’
- They staged 150-strong protest in Manchester yesterday demanding justice
A 17-year-old boy who was cleared of murdering grammar school pupil Yousef Makki, pictured, will be sentenced for lying to police today
The 17-year-old who killed grammar school pupil Yousef Makki filmed himself listening to drill music and making stabbing motions.
Yousef, 17, was stabbed to death with a flick knife ordered online in Hale Barns, Cheshire, in March.
The boy who killed him – known only as Boy A – was controversially cleared of murder and manslaughter after a jury accepted the incident was self-defence following a four-week trial at Manchester Crown Court.
But the youth, who cannot be named because of his age, sent a Snapchat of himself miming stabbing actions in a clip shown to Yousef’s family during the trial, The Sun reports.
Boy A admitted lying to the police and carrying a knife and was handed a 16-month detention and training sentence – prompting his family to say he ‘could have got 25 years’.
His lawyer said that the video, made to a backdrop of violent rap music, was intended to be private message to his girlfriend and did not indicate a lack of remorse.
The crowd held up pictures of Yousef, pictured, demanding justice, while they also sang ‘We Shall Overcome’. Pictured centre is Yousef’s father Ghaleb
Yousef’s family and friends ‘boycotted’ the hearing today, hours after they led a 150-strong protest on the court steps yesterday demanding ‘justice’ for the schoolboy.
His older sister Jade Akoum attended court after the hearing was finished to give a statement on behalf of the family, saying they knew whatever punishment handed out ‘would not be enough’.
She said: ‘He could have got 25 years but he got 16 months. At least he is going to jail.
Yousef’s older sister Jade Akoum attended court after the hearing, pictured, revealing that the family refused to go to the sentencing because they felt whatever punishment handed out was ‘not enough’
Miss Akoum, pictured speaking to the press after the hearing, said Boy A ‘could have got 25 years’ but would be ‘out in eight months’
‘We all took a stance that we weren’t coming today. It is not enough. In eight months they will be out and back on the street and back with their families. We are never going to get Yousef back.
‘At the moment knife crime is terrifying especially in Manchester. Four months for carrying a knife? I think it is not enough.’
Miss Akoum added that they were working to change the law around carrying knives and if they stopped one family going through what they have gone through it would be ‘worth it’.
The 17-year-old defendant, known as Boy A, and a friend, also 17, called Boy B, were cleared of all charges at the trial. Both are from privileged backgrounds and neither can be named because of their age.
But Boy A admitted perverting the course of justice and both pleaded guilty to possessing flick knives bought online. Boy A was handed a 16-month detention and training order while Boy B received four months. Both will be released after serving half their sentences under supervision.
Yousef’s family and friends staged a protest at the steps of Manchester Crown Court yesterday, pictured, to demand justice for the teenager after the 17-year-old, known as Boy A, was cleared of murder and manslaughter by a jury
Earlier today Yousef’s mother Debbi Makki broke down in tears as she told Good Morning Britain she would never give up fighting for her son.
She said: ‘As a mum, every parent knows you will fight for your kids whatever and we never expected this to happen to us as a family so for as long as we’re all alive, we will carry on.’
Ms Makki, who was joined by Jade on the programme, added: ‘He was far from a gangster. He was into his sports, his basketball, loved boxing. [He was] very, very kind. He was just such a popular boy. Everybody liked him.’
Jade added: ‘We don’t know life without him. He was such a big part of our lives.’
Sentencing today, judge Mr Justice Bryan said: ‘The backdrop of your offending is depressingly all too familiar, a warped culture in where possession of knives is deemed to be cool and aesthetically pleasing.
‘Mix that with drugs and drug dealing it is a recipe for disaster. The tragic and predictable events which cost the life of your friend Yousef Makki who had everything to live for changed the lives of his family forever.
‘You will both have to live with your decisions that day and the consequences for the rest of your lives.’
Meanwhile Yousef’s mother Debbie and sister Jade appeared on GMB this morning and said he was ‘far from’ the ‘gangster’ he was described as in his trial
Fighting back tears, Ms Makki said her son was a ‘very popular boy’ and added the family would fight for justice for him ‘as long as they were alive’
He added: ‘From the evidence I have heard in the course of your trial, it is clear that both of you had an unhealthy fixation with knives which is all too common amongst the youth of today.
‘It must stop. There is nothing cool about knives. Their carrying all too often leads to their use and to tragedy, and it is a fallacy that they can keep you safe – very much the reverse, as events all too often demonstrate.
‘Knife crime is a cancer on society, and it affects all spectrums of society – the message that must be brought home is that knives kill, and knives ruin lives.
‘The best legacy of Yousef’s tragic death would be if this message could be got across – and knives (are) regarded as ‘uncool’ by the young in society going forward.’
The families of both boys were reduced to tears as they were taken down from the court room.
Yesterday scores of people supported the family at a protest on the court steps yesterday, holding up photos of the teen, who had won a scholarship to the prestigious £12,000-a-year Manchester Grammar School, with the slogan ‘Justice for Yousef Makki’ written on them.
Yousef was from a single-parent Anglo-Lebanese family from Burnage, south Manchester.
Yesterday his father Ghaleb and mother Debbie both gave speeches in his memory to the crowd of 150 people, vowing never to give up fighting for their son.
The teenager’s ten-year-old nephew also spoke out, thanking the crowd for coming and ‘being part of the family’.
The crowd were also given wristbands and sang ‘We Shall Overcome’ at the powerful demonstration, while also chanting.
Hours before the stabbing, Boy B arranged a £45 cannabis deal and the court heard Yousef (pictured) and his friends planned to rob the drug dealer, a ‘soft target’
The court previously heard Boy A and his friend Boy B, also 17, had ‘indulged in fantasies’ of being ‘middle class gangsters’ and had ordered flick knives online. Pictured is the protest at the court yesterday
Following the verdict at the trial, Ghaleb Makki shouted ‘F*** you’ at the judge, screaming ‘Where’s the justice for my son?’
Boy A had told the jury he acted in self-defence after Yousef punched him and pulled out a knife.
The jury heard the stabbing was an ‘accident waiting to happen’ as all three youths indulged in ‘idiotic fantasies’ playing middle class gangsters.
Despite the privileged backgrounds of both defendants, they led ‘double lives’.
Calling each other ‘Bro’ and ‘Fam’ and the police ‘Feds’, the defendants and Yousef smoked cannabis, road around on bikes and listened to rap or drill music.
They would post videos on social media, making threats and posing with ‘shanks’, or knives.
Boy A admitted perverting the course of justice while both admitted possessing a knife and they will be sentenced at 10.30am today.
Yousef’s parents were also at the demonstration and told the 150-strong crowd they ‘would never give up fighting for their son’
Ghaleb Makki (pictured with his daughter Jade), the father of Yousef Makki, who was stabbed to death in March, has vowed to get justice after the boy accused of his murder was cleared
Previously, the court heard how hours before the stabbing, Boy B arranged a £45 cannabis deal and the teenagers planned to rob the drug dealer, a ‘soft target’.
But the robbery went wrong and Yousef and Boy B fled, leaving Boy A to take a beating.
Boy A then later pushed Yousef who called him a ‘p****’ and punched him in the face.
He told the jury Yousef pulled out a knife and he responded by also taking out a knife and his victim was accidentally stabbed.
Boy A broke down in tears telling the jury: ‘I got more annoyed. I [took] it out straight away, I don’t really know what I did, kind of lifted my arm up. I didn’t realise anything had happened at first.’
As the victim lay dying, the panicking defendants hid the knives in bushes and down a drain, dialled 999 and tried to staunch the blood pouring out of Yousef’s chest wound.
A passing heart surgeon performed emergency surgery in the back of an ambulance but Yousef suffered catastrophic blood loss.
Yousef’s mother Deborah Makki, a psychiatric nurse, planted a tree in his memory on the grounds of his school in Manchester earlier this year
Floral tributes left by friends and family at the scene in the wake of Yousef’s death
They told police scrambled to the scene they had found Yousef stabbed and suggested others were responsible.
The jury also saw social media videos of Boy A posing and brandishing knives and machetes.
A statement released by the family of boy A following the jury’s decision said: ‘Obviously we welcome the verdicts. The jury came to proper conclusions on the evidence.
‘There are, however, no winners in this case.
‘Yousef’s death was a tragedy and our son will have to live with the responsibility of his role for the rest of his life.
‘But the Makki family’s loss and hurt are infinitely greater. Nothing we can say can make up for that or change it.’
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