Mum breaks down as son, 17, appears in court charged with stabbing Yousef Makki to death in posh Manchester street
6th March 2019

Private school student Yousef Makki, 17, was attacked on Saturday in Hale Barns, a leafy village south of Manchester popular with top footballers and celebrities.

Today the defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Manchester Youth Court charged with Yousef's murder and possession of a lock knife.

The teenager, whose family members were at the front of the small courtroom, spoke only to give his name and date of birth. His mum reportedly burst into tears as he entered the dock.

Dressed in a grey sweatshirt and black trousers, he gave a brief nod to his mum and dad before being remanded in custody.

Another 17-year-old boy, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, is due to appear in the same court charged with possession of a knife and assisting an offender by disposing of the weapon.

Yousef, from Burnage, Manchester, is thought to have won a scholarship to attend the £12,000-a-year independent Manchester Grammar School.

In a tribute, his family described the teenager as a "loving and caring son and brother" who was a sporty and a dedicated student who dreamed of becoming a heart surgeon.

"We are absolutely devastated and cannot believe that our son has gone."

"This senseless loss has affected the whole community," they said.

"Yousef had only phoned home hours earlier to say that he would be home for his tea, but the next knock at the door were officers with the tragic news, it is every parent's worst nightmare."

Floral tributes have been left on the tree-lined street where Yousef was found and taken to hospital. He died a short while later.

A two-minute silence was held on Monday by pupils and staff at his school, which described him as "a dearly loved young man and incredibly bright pupil".

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