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Friend of fatally stabbed private school student, 17, was ‘captured praying with blood on his hands’

Friend of fatally stabbed private school pupil, 17, was captured praying with blood on his hands by a police bodycam after leaving scene, court hears

  • Yousef Makki, from Burnage, was stabbed to death in Hale Barns on March 2
  • Boy B, who is accused of possessing a knife, was captured sobbing at his home
  • Co-defendant Boy A, also 17, admits stabbing Yousef but says it was self-defence

One of the boys said to be involved in the murder of Yousef Makki, pictured, was captured on police bodycam footage praying with blood on his hands, jurors at Manchester Crown Court were told

A boy said to be involved in the murder of his friend Yousef Makki was captured on police bodycam footage praying with blood on his hands, jurors were told.

The 17 year old is seen sobbing and being comforted by his mother at home after he tried to stem the bleeding from a single 12cm stab wound the Manchester Grammar School pupil had suffered in Hale Barns, Trafford, on March 2.

Yousef, from Burnage, had ambitions to become a heart surgeon and had a bursary to attend the elite £13,000-a-year school. He died in hospital.

Boy B, captured sobbing at his mother’s home, has admitted possessing a knife but denies conspiracy to rob and perverting the course of justice. 

He allegedly told a series of lies to officers so they wouldn’t suspect his friend over the stabbing.

His co-defendant, Boy A, also a boy of 17, admits he stabbed Yousef but denies murder, claiming he acted in self-defence.

He also denies a charge of conspiracy to rob but he admits perverting the course of justice and possessing the flick knife. Neither of the youths can be named for legal reasons.

During the fourth day of the trial at Manchester Crown Court, the jurors were shown police body-cam footage which showed Boy Two at the scene of the stabbing wanting to be allowed to go home and asking ‘how long do you think this process will take?’

An officer is heard to tell Boy B: ‘Do you not think this is a bit of an emergency?’

The boy replies: ‘Yes, this is an emergency.’

Yousef, from Burnage, had ambitions to become a heart surgeon and had a bursary to attend the elite £13,000-a-year school. He died in hospital

Yousef, from Burnage, had ambitions to become a heart surgeon and had a bursary to attend the elite £13,000-a-year school. He died in hospital

The Crown say he organised a mission to rob a drug dealer who he contacted about a £45 cannabis deal earlier that day but that the dealer turned up with two associates who beat up Boy A, leaving Boy B and Yousef Makki to flee the scene.

It was later that the three friends were seen involved in ‘an altercation’ on Gorse Bank Road which left Yousef with fatal injuries.

The jurors were then shown body-worn video from PC Stefan Bielizna who escorted Boy B back to his home following the stabbing.

Boy B is heard to let out a muted scream as he and the officer enter his home address.

The officer and the boy then sit at a kitchen table as Boy B, who has Yousef’s glasses, gives an account of events that night.

The officer tells the boy: ‘We need to find out what happened, don’t we?’

The youth says he and his friends had been ‘chillin’ that night, claiming he had not seen the stabbing although he said he saw a grey car fleeing the scene.

His mother questions why anyone would target Yousef and says: ‘He’s not involved in anything like that. He’s a good kid. Why they are looking for him?’

Boy B, who can be seen with blood on his hands, is seen shaking his hands and praying at the kitchen table before breaking down in tears.

His mother tries to comfort him and urges him to ‘calm down’.

When her son begins to sob, she moves around the kitchen table and puts her arms around her crying son.

Crying into his arm on the kitchen table, he is heard saying ‘aaah, nooo’.

Boy B, captured sobbing at his mother's home, has admitted possessing a knife but denies conspiracy to rob and perverting the course of justice. Pictured: tributes to Yousef outside his school

Boy B, captured sobbing at his mother’s home, has admitted possessing a knife but denies conspiracy to rob and perverting the course of justice. Pictured: tributes to Yousef outside his school

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