Yousef Makki killer to get festive ‘privileges’
THE teenager locked up over the killing of Yousef Makki will spend Christmas at Wetherby Young Offenders Institution (YOI).
Rather than doing his time at a grim adult prison, Joshua Molnar, who turned 18 in October, is at a former borstal in Yorkshire, where inmates enjoy a range of privileges.
In July Molnar was locked up for possessing the knife that killed Yousef and for lying to the police by claiming someone else was responsible.
Molnar, the son of wealthy parents from Hale, and who had become consumed by a wannabe gangster lifestyle, has a ‘room’ rather than a cell, a phone and access to emails, a gym, a table tennis table and even an Argos catalogue.
The Makki family have criticised the ‘privileges’ Molnar enjoys at Wetherby, labelling it ‘a hotel.’
A former naval base, Wetherby became a borstal in 1958 before becoming a YOI.
Yousef, 17, a talented Manchester Grammar School pupil from Burnage, was stabbed through the heart on Gorse Bank Road in Hale Barns during a fight on March 2.
A jury unanimously found Molnar not guilty of murder and manslaughter following a trial at Manchester Crown Court. However, he was sentenced to a 16-month detention and training order after he admitted possessing the knife which inflicted the fatal injury and perverting the course of justice by lying to police at the scene.
He will be released in March halfway through his sentence.
He told the jury Yousef pulled a knife first and said he acted in selfdefence. It is understood Molnar has applied to be allowed out on ‘day release’ so he can visit his family before Christmas.
If successful, he will be allowed out but must return by 4pm on the day he is freed.
He won’t be allowed to come to Greater Manchester. Meanwhile, he is among 336 boys and young men aged between 15 and 18.
Inmates are allowed visits for up to two hours three times a month, according to the Ministry of Justice. Longer visits are also possible but offenders must apply for special ‘family days.’ Instead of cells, inmates are housed in ‘rooms’ which have phones which can dial out but which cannot receive calls.
Friends and family can send them money and stamps as well as clothes, shoes, CDs, DVDs and books.
Joshua Molnar, main picture and, inset, Yousef Makki