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Drug dealers jailed after attacking house mate in Grays

Left to right: Mario Tibi and David Matkovic

Two drug dealers have been jailed after attacking a house mate in Grays. 

Mario Tibi, 35, Charlton Road, Grays and David Matkovic, 39, of the same address, both pleaded guilty and were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, 21 May. 

Both suspects assaulted the victim while he was returning from work following an argument about a drugs related incident on Wednesday, 19 December 2018. 

Tibi lunged at the victim and slashed his chest with a pair of scissors. Both men punched and slapped the victim.

The incident was reported two days later and police found 50 cannabis plants inside the suspects address, along with a full hydroponics set up to grow them.

Officers also found a four-figure sum of cash and 500 grams of class A drugs. 

Tibi received three years and four months for actual bodily harm, possession with intent to supply  of cannabis and possession with intent to supply of methamphetamine.

Matkovic received two years for assault by beating and possession with intent to supply cannabis and methamphetamine.

“Fortunately, he was not seriously injured and bravely reported the incident to us,” said Detective Sergeant, Greg Jurkiewicz.

“Following this complex case, two drug dealers have been removed off our streets and sent to prison.”



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