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AustraliaAlleged Mokbel stabbers try to strike guilty plea bargain, court hears

08:05  13 may  2019
08:05  13 may  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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The two young men charged with stabbing drug boss Tony Mokbel in prison have offered to plead guilty to lesser charges than attempted murder, a court has heard . Teira Bennett and Eldea Teuira, both 21, are accused of attacking Mokbel in Barwon Prison on February 11 and stabbing the

A plea bargain (also plea agreement, plea deal, copping a plea , or plea in mitigation) is any agreement in a criminal case between the prosecutor © Nine News Eldea Teuira and Teira Bennett faced court in Geelong last year The two young men charged with stabbing drug boss Tony Mokbel .

Alleged Mokbel stabbers try to strike guilty plea bargain, court hears© Nine News Eldea Teuira and Teira Bennett faced court in Geelong last year The two young men charged with stabbing drug boss Tony Mokbel in prison have offered to plead guilty to lesser charges than attempted murder and are waiting on prosecutors to accept a deal.

Teira Bennett and Eldea Teuira, both 21, are accused of attacking Mokbel in Barwon Prison on February 11 and stabbing the 53-year-old with a jail-made blade.

Bennett had been celebrating his 21st birthday that day in a prison-yard party complete with pavlova and soft drink when police allege he and Teuira repeatedly stabbed Mokbel.

The two accused men on Monday appeared separately before Melbourne Magistrates Court, both via video link, charged with attempted murder, intentionally causing serious injury in circumstances of gross violence and intentionally causing serious injury.

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Their lawyers told the court both had offered to plead guilty and it is understood that is on the condition prosecutors withdrew the attempted murder charge.

The incident was caught on CCTV cameras, the court heard, and the lawyers said there was no dispute Mokbel suffered serious injuries.

Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg urged the parties to resolve the case. "It's either yea or nay," he said.

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The court heard Mr Domican accompanied Mr Bayeh , who has since served 15 years in prison for drug trafficking, around the area The two young men charged with stabbing drug boss Tony Mokbel in prison have offered to plead guilty to lesser charges than attempted murder, a court has heard .

Bennett and Teuira are due to return to court on May 29.

Mokbel suffered injuries to his head and upper body and spent a week in hospital before returning to jail.

In 2012 he was jailed for 30 years, with a non-parole period of 22 years, for drug trafficking and other offences.

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