Vic man jailed for drug murder, stabbing

A Melbourne drug addict has been jailed for more than 23 years for slashing a dealer's throat and leaving him to die, after stabbing another man with a screwdriver.

Addict Josef Molfese will be sentenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria for murdering his dealer.

Addict Josef Molfese will be sentenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria for murdering his dealer.

Josef Molfese, 29, was last year found guilty of murdering 47-year-old part-time drug dealer Tung "Ricky" Trinh with a knife on a South Melbourne footpath in March 2016.

The 29-year-old later pleaded guilty over the stabbing of another man, Bijan Ranjbar, two days earlier in an unrelated demand for drugs.

Molfese was sentenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Wednesday to a non-parole period of 18 years and four months for both attacks.

Mr Trinh, a father of six, was killed after buying ice cream with his girlfriend because Molfese thought he had drugs on him.

The victim's throat was slashed with "deadly force", and he died of "catastrophic" blood loss after being left to bleed on the footpath, Justice Jane Dixon said in her sentence.

Two days earlier, Molfese and two other men broke into the home of 64-year-old Mr Ranjbar, demanding sleeping pills.

They assaulted him with a pipe and wooden stick and threatened to cut off his penis.

Molfese then stabbed Mr Ranjbar in the thigh with a screwdriver and stole $8000.

"(The) motive on both occasions was to feed your drug habit," Justice Dixon said.

"Your drug habit has been a focal point of your life for many years now."

Molfese has a long history of crime and addiction to drugs including heroin.

He has been in jail since his arrest in March 2016.

After being found guilty of murder last year, the 29-year-old pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, theft and intentionally causing injury over the attack on Mr Ranjbar.

Justice Dixon said she was "somewhat guarded" about Molfese's prospects for rehabilitation, but hoped his supportive family and partner would help him address his issues.

"There is a fundamental need to address your longstanding ADHD and drug addiction," she said.

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