Family of Yousef Makki granted judicial review into inquest findings

Yousef Makki was stabbed to death in Hale Barns In March 2019
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The family of Yousef Makki, the 17-year-old boy stabbed to death in Hale Barns, has won the right to have a judicial review into the findings of his inquest.

Joshua Molnar, from Hale, stabbed Yousef Makki with a knife during a row on Gorse Bank Road in March 2019.

Molnar was cleared of manslaughter and murder following a trial at Manchester Crown Court four months later and was released 215 days into a 16-month sentence at a Young Offenders’ Institute after admitting the lesser charges of perverting the course of justice and possessing a flick knife.

A coroner’s inquest later found that Yousef’s death was not an “unlawful killing” and recorded a narrative conclusion.

But a High Court judge, Mrs Justice Heather Williams, has now ruled that a judicial review into the coroner’s findings can go ahead.

After she left the courtroom, a round of applause broke out from the Makki family and supporters.

Yousef’s father, Ghaleb Makki, said: “There’s still a long way to go but it’s a small step in the right direction.”

Matthew Stanbury, representing the Makki family, said: “Today is a significant step forward and we are optimistic about getting a fresh inquest.”

A date and venue for the judicial review has not yet been set.

Yousef’s father, Ghaleb Makki, said: “There’s still a long way to go but it’s a small step in the right direction.”

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