The teenager who stabbed public schoolboy Yousef Makki to death has been released from jail less than half way through his 16-month sentence in a move the murdered 17-year-old’s family have slammed as ‘the third knife in Yousef’s heart.’
Privately-educated Joshua Molnar, 18, who attended a £33,000-a-year private school, admitted to stabbing his friend Yousef in the chest on March 2 2019 but argued in court that he acted in self-defence.
He was cleared of the murder and manslaughter of Yousef, who had won a scholarship to £12,000 per year Manchester Grammar School, but he was given a 16-month detention order after he admitting possessing an offensive weapon and perverting the course of justice by lying to police.
Yousef’s father Ghaleb Makki, 51, was today told by police that Molnar has been released, just six days before the one-year anniversary of Yousef’s death.
Yousef’s father Ghaleb Makki, pictured with his son in his younger years above, has said the news of Molnar’s release is a ‘knife to the heart’
Yousef Makki (left) was stabbed by his friend Joshua Molnar (right) on March 2 2019
Yousef if pictured above in his red Manchester United shirt with his father and his brother
Father and son: Mr Makki was so proud of Yousef and today spoke of how the news of Molnar’s release has impacted him
When recalling the moment he heard the news, Mr Makki said: ‘I told my mother: ‘They stabbed him for the third time.’ The second time he was stabbed was at the verdict.
‘And when I was told the news today I said: ‘That’s the third knife in Yousef’s heart. Another insult.’
He added: ‘Does justice for the rich top justice for the victim? What type of justice system does not protect the lives of children.’
‘I am so angry I feel like exhuming my son’s body and taking him to a land governed by a proper justice system, where everyone is equal.’
Yousef is in the black suit. His brother Mazen is in the checked shirt. At the airport in Lebanon with his family
Yousef is in the grey t-shirt. His brother Mazen is on the left with their grandmother
Yousef in pictured on the left, leaning over to kiss his brother Mazen on the right. Their father is holding them
Yousef suffered a 5.5-inch wound through the heart after being stabbed with an illegal flick knife during a confrontation in Hale Barns, a Cheshire village popular with company directors and footballers.
The trial of Molnar – earlier known as Boy A – and Adam Chowdhary, 18, – formerly Boy B – heard that the boys were friends but had fallen out over a botched attempt to rob a drug dealer.
Molnar was allegedly furious after he was beaten up and his £2,000 carbon-fibre mountain bike – a gift from his father – was thrown over a hedge.
The knife used by Molnar was bought online by Chowdhary.
Yousef is pictured above with his father on his first day of grammar school. He was able to win a scholarship
Mr Makki said that all of Yousef’s teachers had praised his academic abilities (he is pictured above)
During the trial at Manchester Crown Court in the summer, Molnar claimed the stabbing happened after Yousef pulled a knife on him.
The prosecution said there was no evidence Yousef had a knife.
Chowdhary was cleared of perverting the course of justice, but was handed four months in a youth detention centre after admitting possession of the flick knife that Molnar plunged into Yousef’s chest.
In recalling one of the last conversations he had with his son, Mr Makki – who is separated from Yousef’s mother Debbie and lives in London – said: ‘His exact words keep ringing in my ears. He said: ‘Hang on there baba, the Arabic word for father, he said one more year and I promise I will be with you and I will never leave you alone, never’.’
Mr Makki said that his son had been clever from a young age and added that his teachers said he was well ahead, Mr Makki and Yousef are pictured above
Mr Makki said he had stopped visiting his son’s grave because he felt ‘extremely guilty’ he is pictured above with his son in his younger years