A judge today authorized a full judicial review into the investigation into Manchester schoolboy Yousef Makki.
After senior coroner Alison Mutch said she could not safely conclude whether the death was unlawful or accidental, the family of the 17-year-old Manchester Grammar School pupil called for a review in November to overturn the narrative conclusion.
Yousef Makki was tragically stabbed to death by Joshua Molnar with a knife – which the coroner said was bought online easily ‘during school breaks’ – during an argument they had in the neighborhood Hale Barns from Trafford on the evening of 2 March 2019.
Molnar claimed self-defence and was cleared by a jury at Manchester Crown Court of murder and manslaughter, with the coroner’s narrative finding also ruling out both unlawful killing and accidental death.
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He was jailed for 16 months for possessing a knife in a public place and perverting the course of justice by lying to police officers present at the scene.
Makki’s family called the coroner’s conclusion “disgusting”.
An application has therefore been made to the High Court by a QC acting for Yousef’s father, Ghaleb Makki, and consideration was granted today (May 18) at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre.
At the High Court hearing today, Matthew Stanbury, representing the Makki family, claimed the coroner’s decision was ‘inevitable’ due to the failure to analyze and ‘tackle’ the issues central to the case, and said issues included Molnar’s credibility and “many lies”, his state of mind at the time of the stabbing, who pulled out a knife first and evidence pathological.
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“Today is a significant step forward and we are optimistic that a new investigation will be obtained,” Stanbury said after the judicial review was granted.
“There’s still a long way to go, but it’s a small step in the right direction,” Yousef’s father added.
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