THE mother of an alleged murderer broke down in tears as the teenager appeared in the dock for the first time.
She wiped away tears as the 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was accused of fatally stabbing student Yousef Makki, also 17.
Yousef, who dreamed of becoming a heart surgeon, was attacked on Saturday in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester.
His alleged killer, who is also charged with having a lock-knife, was remanded in custody at Manchester youth court and will appear at Manchester crown court later today.
He had relatives watching in the public gallery.
Another 17-year-old boy also appeared in the youth court in connection with the case, charged with possession of a knife and assisting an offender by disposing of the weapon. He smiled to family members.
Magistrates released him on bail until March 28, when he will be appearing at the youth court again.
The two defendants reportedly attend ‘prestigious’ schools and live with their families in multi-million-pound homes.
Yousef, from Burnage, Manchester, went to Manchester Grammar and is thought to have won a scholarship to the £12,000-a-year private school.
In a tribute, his family said he was a ‘loving and caring son and brother’ who was sporty and a dedicated student.
‘We are absolutely devastated and cannot believe that our son has gone. This senseless loss has affected the whole community,’ they said.