Boy cleared of murdering Manchester Grammar School pupil

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A 17-year-old boy has been found not guilty of the murder of grammar school pupil Yousef Makki, 17, who was stabbed in the heart with a flick-knife in Cheshire.

He was also cleared of an alternative charge of manslaughter. 

Grammar school student Yousef was stabbed in the heart with a flick knife on a tree-lined street in leafy Hale Barns, an upmarket village, in March.

The bright A* student was found slumped against a tree on Gorse Bank Road in the suburb near Altrincham.

The jury heard that the death was an “accident waiting to happen” after two the 17-year-old boys on trial indulged in “idiotic fantasies”.

The young victim had won a scholarship to prestigious £12,000-a-year Manchester Grammar School, the UK’s largest independent day school for boys.

The defendant, Boy A, and another boy, 17, Boy B, both from wealthy Cheshire families, were cleared of all charges following a four-week trial at Manchester Crown Court.

Despite the privileged backgrounds of the defendants, they spoke and acted like “middle-class gangsters”, the court heard.

Neither of the two defendants can be named because they are under 18.



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