Mother of teenager stabbed to death by his friend ‘died with a broken heart’, family say

The mother of a schoolboy who was stabbed to death by his friend ‘died with a broken heart’, her family said.

Sunday, 24th May 2020, 6:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 4:52 pm
Debbie Makki (Peter Byrne/PA Wire ).

Yousef Makki, 17, a scholarship boy at Manchester Grammar School, was knifed in the heart by his friend, former public schoolboy Joshua Molnar, 18, during a fight in Hale Barns, Cheshire on March 2 last year.

On Sunday, the family said his mother Debbie Makki had died.

A post on the Facebook page Justice for Yousef Makki, written by his sister Jade Akoum, said: "24th of May at 4am my beautiful strong mum Debbie Makki peacefully passed away.

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Yousef Makki (Family Handout/PA Wire).

"God rest your soul, at least you are with Yousef now, we told him we needed you here a bit longer but you had to be together!

"I seen you over the fence twice in 12 weeks because I was worried about you with corona and we said we would all have a big party once it was all over.

"We love you so so much, I didn't think my heart could take any more pain and loss and grief.

"Please say a prayer for her soul today and pray for my little brother who has lost two of the closest people to him in the space of a year and all of us that have been left behind.

"Mum died with a broken heart and we knew she wanted justice for Yousef and I promise you mum we won’t give up until we get it for you."

Molnar was cleared of Yousef's murder and manslaughter following a trial at Manchester Crown Court last July when he claimed he acted in self-defence.

He admitted possession of a knife and perverting the course of justice and was given 16 months in custody.

Adam Chowdhary, 18, was convicted of possession of a knife and sentenced to a four-month detention order.

He was cleared of perverting the course of justice and along with Molnar was found not guilty of a single charge of conspiracy to robbery.

At a pre-inquest hearing into Yousef’s death in February the family’s lawyer Matthew Stanbury said matters surrounding the teenager's death ‘have not been sufficiently aired’.