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Drug lord Tony Mokbel is suing the Victorian Government over a jailhouse stabbing that almost claimed his life.
Teira Bennett and Eldea Teuira, both 22, were sentenced in 2020 to spend at least seven years each behind bars for stabbing the then 53-year-old in the exercise yard of Victoria's Barwon Prison in February 2019.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal lawyers acting for Mokbel have filed a writ with the Supreme Court of Victoria claiming damages against the State Of Victoria.
Court documents state Mokbel believes the government owned him a duty of care while he was caged behind bars inside Barwon Prison.
Tony Mokbel nearly died in prison attack. Picture shows him being treated by paramedics after being stabbed
Mokbel was unable to move from the moment he was attacked and failed to defend himself as two inmates assaulted him
Eldea Teuira and Teira Bennett in a court sketch during their court appearance. The men both laughed their way through their sentence in 2020
'At all material times, the Defendant owed a duty to prisoners in custody at Barwon Prison to prevent foreseeable injury arising from the conduct of other prisoners,' it was stated.
'At all relevant times while the Plaintiff was in custody he was under the care and responsibility of the Defendant.'
Mokbel was king-hit and stabbed seven times by the men with cutlery and sharpened wires and kicked in the head, knocking out his teeth.
So violent was the attack, the court refused to release footage of it to the media.
The ageing gangster was unable to move from the moment he was attacked and failed to defend himself as the pair assaulted him.
As the assault attracted attention from other inmates and prison guards, the men could be heard screaming: 'You’re not an enforcer, this is what you get for talking to the screws you f**king dog.'
Mokbel was attacked after a front page Herald Sun newspaper article claimed Mokbel had still been pulling the strings behind bars.
On the same day the report was released, Mokbel was approached by prison officers questioning whether he had concerns about what it said.
The report detailed how Mokbel had allegedly disrupted an extortion racket being run in the prison by Pacific Islanders, who had targeted a teenager locked up on assault charges.
In sentencing his attackers, respected County Court of Victoria Judge Elizabeth Gaynor said she accepted the brutal attack was a direct result of the newspaper article and the men's attempt to restore honour to their jailhouse gang 'GFAM'.
Eldea Teuira (pictured) believed Tony Mokbel got what he deserved in the attack that left him fighting for life
A summary of the incident revealed Mokbel was king-hit and stabbed seven times by Teuira as Bennett (pictured) kicked him in the head
In documents lodged with the Supreme Court, Mokbel's lawyers state the