Two 21-year-old men have been charged with the attempted murder of convicted drug kingpin Tony Mokbel who was stabbed at Barwon Prion, near Geelong, yesterday.
Mokbel, who was seeing out a 30-year prison sentence, remains in a critical condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Victoria Police said armed crime squad detectives had charged the pair.
“Two 21-year-old men have today been charged with attempted murder, intentionally cause serious injury and cause serious injury intentionally in circumstances of gross violence,” Police said in a statement.
“The charges relate to the alleged stabbing of two men, aged 53 and 31, about 3.40pm.”
Mokbel was reportedly set upon by two prisoners of Pacific Islander appearance just before the prison was due to go down into lockdown on Monday afternoon.
It’s thought he was stabbed with a shiv, a homemade knife, in the upper body.
Aerial footage from the scene showed a bare-chested man being treated by a number of paramedics outdoors.
The other man who was attacked is believed to have come to Mokbel’s aid. He was released from hospital this morning.
In 2012, Mokbel was sentenced to 30 years behind bars with a minimum term of 22 years.
Earlier, in 2006, Mokbel had fled Australia while on trial for cocaine importation charges. He was found in Greece wearing an unconvincing disguise and dragged back to Melbourne.
The violent attack on the 53-year-old comes just days after the Herald Sun reported Mokbel had intervened to disrupt a standover scheme organised by other inmates which had targeted younger prisoners. Inmates were said to be demanding $50 a month from a 19-year-old prisoner, in custody for the first time on assault charges. Mokbel became involved and the other inmates backed off the teen.
Mokbel has also made headlines in recent weeks after news broke that his former lawyer had acted as a police informer, dishing dirt to detectives to help secure convictions.
Brittany McGuire, the daughter of Mokbel’s former partner Danielle, told the Herald Sun on Tuesday she was confident he would pull through.
“He is fine. He is a soldier. We just want him to get better,” Ms McGuire said.
The two men will appear before Geelong Magistrates’ Court for a filing hearing on Friday.
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