The coroner will rule on the second inquest into the death of Yousef Makki

A coroner will give his findings at the second inquest into the death of a grammar school pupil who was stabbed to death in an upmarket village.

Former public schoolboy Joshua Molnar said he acted in self-defence when he stabbed his friend Yousef Makki in the heart with a knife at Hale Barns near Altrincham on March 2, 2019.

Molnar was acquitted of murder and manslaughter after a trial four months later at Manchester Crown Court.

A second inquest is being held into Yousef's death after the Supreme Court overturned the outcome of the first and ordered a new hearing with a different coroner.

The second inquest heard four days of evidence last week and coroner Geraint Williams is scheduled to deliver his findings later on Wednesday at Stokport Coroner's Court.

The inquest heard several “inconsistencies” in how the stabbing happened.

Molnar told jurors at his trial that the two had been fighting and that Yusef had pulled out a knife first, so he pulled it out and his friend “grabbed” his gun, causing the fatal injury.

Another youth, Adam Chowdhary, was with the couple at the time. He said he didn't see what happened because he was on his phone. Chounhari had bought both paring knives online.

Yousef, from Burnage, Manchester, befriended the couple, both from wealthy Cheshire families, after they won a £12,000-a-year scholarship to Manchester Grammar School. All three were 17 years old at the time.

Lawyers for Yusef's family told the inquest that the only evidence that he had brandished a knife came from Molnar.

Lisa Judge, representing Molnar, said he had admitted panicking and lying to police after the stabbing – and had been jailed for it.

But he said any inconsistencies stemmed from trauma and “broken memories” and maintains he acted in self-defense.

Peter Weatherby KC, representing the Makki family, said they believed Molnar was lying and suggested Yousef did not have, or brandish, a knife.

Mr Weatherby highlighted the different accounts of what happened given at different times by Molnar.

It was announced at Molnar's trial that Yusef's death was “an accident waiting to happen”, that he and Choudary were “rich kids who never had to live in the real world”.

Calling each other ‘Bro' and ‘Fam' they indulged in ‘stupid fantasies' about being ‘middle class gangsters' messing around with knives, smoking weed and listening to music, the jury was told.

Molnar, now 22, was jailed for 16 months for carrying a knife in public and perverting the course of justice after initially lying to police about what had happened.

Chowdhary, now 21, did not testify at Molnar's trial for the murder. He was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and given a four-month detention order after admitting having a knife in public.

A second inquest was held after Youssef's family challenged the first coroner's finding that there was insufficient evidence on the “central issue” of whether the killing was unlawful.

Mr Williams is scheduled to give his conclusions at 10.30am.