Teenager can finally be named for bringing knife that killed Yousef Makki

A grammar school pupil that brought a knife to a fight which ended in the tragic death of 17-year-old Yousef Makki can finally be named.

Adam Chowdhary, who was known as ‘Boy B’ in last year’s trial, has lost a high court battle to keep his identity a secret after turning 18.

He was 17 when he was charged alongside Joshua Molnar in relation to their friend Yousef’s death, and was protected by a youth anonymity order.

Yousef, who had won a scholarship to the prestigious £12,000-a-year Manchester Grammar School, was knifed in the heart by Molnar during a fight on March 2 2019, sending shockwaves across the nation.

Molnar, then 17, was cleared of murder and manslaughter following a four-week trial at Manchester Crown Court in July, telling the jury he acted in self-defence after Yousef pulled a knife on him.

Chowdhary was acquitted of perverting the course of justice, but handed a four-month detention order after admitting possession of a flick knife.

His anonymity order was automatically due to expire when he reached 18, but he launched a high court battle to prevent this from happening.

At a hearing in London last month, his barrister Adam Wolanski QC said Chowdhary is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and that the publication of his identity would be ‘catastrophic for him’.

But, dismissing his application, Mrs Justice Steyn ruled that the ‘curtailment of his right to privacy’ was ‘clearly justified by the compelling public interest in open justice’.

She said: ‘The most significant aggravating feature was that (Chowdhary) bought the knife with which Yousef was killed.’

She said possession of a knife ‘is a serious offence and there is a strong public interest in knowing the identity of those who commit serious offences’.

Mrs Justice Steyn found that ‘the prospect of being named in court, with the accompanying disgrace, is a powerful deterrent’ to others.

She added: ‘There is an important public interest in understanding the prevalence of knife crime. Such understanding depends, at least in part, on knowing who is committing such crimes.’

Chowdhary’s application for anonymity was opposed by a number of media outlets.

Molnar, who is due to be released from custody in March, was named just days before he turned 18 in October.

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