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Australia Mokbel's ex-girlfriend, her daughter in St Kilda hostel building feud

19:05  07 november  2019
19:05  07 november  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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A Melbourne builder has launched legal action against Brittany Leigh McGuire, daughter of Melbourne underworld associate Danielle McGuire, over claims she refused to pay more than $600,000 for the construction of a backpacker hostel in St Kilda.

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Brittany McGuire, 23, is the partner of accused murderer Abdullah El Nasher and the director and owner of Punt Road Hostel Pty Ltd, which is also listed as a defendant in documents lodged in the County Court on November 4.

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However, her mother, who famously travelled to Greece with underworld figure Tony Mokbel as he tried to flee, is the operator of the budget accommodation business near St Kilda junction, and runs another hostel in a former Collingwood pub.

Building company RPA Construction claims in a County Court writ that it agreed to a "cost-plus contract" in June 2018, after meeting with Danielle McGuire and an architect in 2017.

The 47-year-old had introduced herself as Danielle Legh at the meeting, and used the same name in email correspondence regarding construction of the 113-bed hostel, which has since opened.

Court documents allege that Brittany McGuire's company was issued with three invoices over a three-month period in 2018 that totalled $616,576, but the builder received just one payment of $137.09.

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But her mother, using the name Danielle Legh in correspondence on October 4, accuses the builder of breaching his contractual obligations and denying her access to the site for inspection.

In the writ, the builder claims he is owed $692,078.05, which includes interest of $79,308.88.

The hostel project was originally rejected by Port Phillip Council, which cited noise, rowdy behaviour and property damage by backpackers "returning from nearby licensed premises" in its objection to the plan.

But the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal made a contentious decision to overrule the council.

It is unknown if VCAT was aware of Danielle McGuire's involvement in the budget accommodation project, which marks a significant shift from her previous career in a beauty therapy business called Hollywood Hair Extensions Pty Ltd.

The company was registered in 2005, not long after her release from an 18-month prison sentence for trafficking $800,000 in ecstasy.

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When police raided her Collingwood apartment they found contact details for her then-lover Mark Moran, who was shot dead by Carl Williams in 2000.

In 2006, she joined her then-partner Tony Mokbel when he was hiding out in Bonnie Doon after jumping bail while awaiting trial on drug-trafficking charges.

She followed him to Greece, but their life on the run came to an abrupt end in 2007 when detectives from the Purana taskforce arrested him in Athens.

After Mokbel was sentenced to a minimum 22-year prison term, Danielle McGuire consorted with Bandido enforcer Toby Mitchell. The mother-of-two maintained a bedside vigil when Mitchell was shot six times in 2011.

In March, Brittany McGuire attended a boxing event where 30-year-old Ben Togiai was killed in a shooting and kickboxer Omar Bchinnati and Joseph Abouchaya were injured.

Her partner, Abdullah El Nasher, is charged with murder, while Brittany McGuire has been ordered to face questions about the fatal shooting in the Magistrates Court next year.

Mr El Nasher is due to face a five-day hearing in March to determine if he will stand trial.

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