AFTER stabbing his friend in 2019, Joshua Molnar only served eight months.
The jury ruled Joshua Molnar had acted in self defence when he stabbed his friend Yousef Makki in the heart.
Joshua Molnar was not charged for the murder or manslaughter of Yousef MakkiCredit: PA
Where is Joshua Molnar now?
Three friends from private school Manchester Grammar were out in Manchester on March 2, 2019.
During an altercation between Joshua Molnar and friend Adam Choudhary, both 17, the third boy Yousef Makki, also 17, was stabbed.
The knife cut a 12-inch deep wound right through to Yousef’s heart, killing him.
At the time his two friends told police they were unsure of what happened but Joshua later revealed he had stabbed Yousef in self defence.
At the trial, Joshua revealed he would show off if he had a “pretty cool knife” and had been carrying one because peer pressure made him feel like he should.
He had previously filmed himself with a machete, including a video in which he makes stabbing motions towards another boy.
He served eight months in a young offenders institution and was released in February 2020.
Did Joshua Molnar get charged with murder?
Joshua Molnar was not charged with murder or manslaughter for the death of Yousef Makki.
He was sentenced to 16 months in a young offenders institution for possession of a knife and perverting the course of justice.
After serving only seven months, he was released the week before Yousef’s anniversary.
He initially denied knowing what had happened to his friend but then changed to claiming he had acted in self defence.
Video footage of the event appears to show Yousef stepping in when his two friends begin to fight.
His lawyer described him as “rich kids who never had to live in the real world”.
All three boys were portrayed as “middle class gangsters” during the trial, although Yousef’s family disagree with this image.
Yousef Makki’s family said it was “simply crushing” that he was released so close to the anniversary of the incident.
Jade Akoum, sister of Yousef, said: “To receive the news that Joshua Molnar, the boy who we hold entirely responsible for Yousef’s death, is to be given early release from a Young Offenders Institute some six days before such a pivotal date in the lives of Yousef’s many friends and family members, is simply crushing.
“There is no other word for it.”
The family have called for courts to be more accommodating to victim’s families and allow for character witnesses of the deceased.