Drug lord Tony Mokbel is released from hospital after being ‘stabbed and stomped on by two inmates hosting a 21st birthday bash’
- Drug lord Tony Mokbel has been discharged from hospital after prison attack
- He was reportedly stabbed and had his head stomped on by other inmates
- Teira Bennett and Eldea Teuira, both 21, have been charged with the attack
Drug kingpin Tony Mokbel has been discharged from hospital nine days after he was allegedly stabbed and stomped on in jail and left fighting for life.
Mokbel, 53, was allegedly attacked in Victoria’s maximum security Barwon Prison on February 11 by two fellow inmates reportedly celebrating a 21st birthday.
He was transferred to Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Mokbel left the hospital in a stable condition, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
‘He’s no longer here as a patient,’ she said.
Two men, both 21, have been charged over the assault.
Drug kingpin Tony Mokbel has been discharged from hospital nine days after he was allegedly stabbed and stomped on in jail (pictured; Mokbel being taken to hospital)
The two alleged attackers, Teira Bennett (pictured) and Eldea Teuira, both had filing hearings in Geelong Magistrate’s Court on Friday
Mokbel had just seen a visitor when he walked past other inmates celebrating a birthday when the alleged attack occurred
Teira Bennett (pictured) and Eldea Teuira were reportedly celebrating a birthday when they carried out the attack
The two alleged attackers, Teira Bennett and Eldea Teuira, both had filing hearings in the Geelong Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
The alleged attack occurred a day after a News Corp Australia newspaper reported the 53-year-old had intervened in a standover racket run by Pacific Islander inmates.
Mokbel had just seen a visitor when he walked past other inmates celebrating a birthday when the alleged attack occurred, the outlet reported.
He was allegedly stabbed with makeshift knives, one of which was reportedly hidden in a zucchini.
A second victim, aged 31, is back in Barwon after spending Monday night in hospital.
Corrections Commissioner Emma Cassar said it was too early to say what prompted the assault, including whether there was a powerplay within the jail.
Mokbel left the hospital in a stable condition, a spokeswoman told AAP on Wednesday (pictured in 2006)
Premier Daniel Andrews said the government would not rule out changes to prison operations in the future pending the outcome of a probe into what happened.
The alleged attackers have been charged with attempted murder, intentionally causing serious injury and causing serious injury intentionally in circumstances of gross violence.
The jailhouse attack will be investigated by a former NSW anti-corruption commissioner Justice David Ipp.
‘If there are any learnings from the incident, we stand ready to make them,’ Victoria’s Corrections Minister Ben Carroll said in a statement on Tuesday.
Justice Ipp is a former NSW Court of Appeal Judge and a former commissioner of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.
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