Yousef Makki killer to get fes­tive ‘priv­i­leges’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By JOHN SCHEERHOUT

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

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