Knifed schoolboy’s pal seen praying ‘with blood on his hands’ by police bodycam, court told

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A KNIFED schoolboy’s pal said to be involved in the murder of his friend Yousef Makki was seen praying “with blood on his hands” by a police bodycam, a court was told.

The 17-year-old was filmed sobbing and being comforted by his mother at home after he tried to stem the bleeding from a single 12cm stab wound his friend had suffered in posh Hale Barns, Cheshire, on March 2.

Aspiring heart surgeon Yousef Makki, 17, was stabbed to death on March 2
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Tributes were paid to the talented schoolboy outside Manchester Grammar School
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The stabbed 17-year-old from Burnage had ambitions to become a heart surgeon and had a bursary to attend the elite £13,000-a-year Manchester Grammar School. He died in hospital.

Boy B, captured crying at his mother’s home, admits possessing a knife but denies conspiracy to rob and perverting the course of justice by allegedly telling a series of lies to officers so they wouldn’t suspect his friend over the stabbing.

‘THIS IS AN EMERGENCY’

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 B 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.”

Two 17-year-olds are standing trial over the death of Yousef Makki
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‘CANNABIS DEAL’

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.

‘CHILLIN’ 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 Makki 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.

Weeping into his arm on the kitchen table, he is heard saying “aaah, nooo.”

The trial continues.

Yousef was a popular student at Manchester Grammar School, where he had a bursary
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Police officers at the scene of the knife attack in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester
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