Bikie wants face tattoos removed
A notorious Finks bikie has told a court his famously distinctive face tattoos are "embarrassing" and he wants the ink removed.
Troy Fornaciari's array of work includes the words "Tuff Luck" on his eyelids, "Not Guilty" along his left cheek and "In Gods Hands" (sic) on his chin.
But defence lawyer Graeme Morrison told Wollongong Local Court on Thursday the former president of the Finks south coast chapter wants to curb the criminal behaviour that has led to his imprisonment, the Illawarra Mercury reports.
In 2017, detectives from the State Crime Command's Criminal Groups Squad, and Wollongong and Lake Illawarra Local Area Commands, established Strike Force Rednap to investigate the activities of the Finks outlaw motorcycle club in the area.
It's also alleged Fornaciari bashed an associate in broad daylight after the man crashed the bikie's motorcycle on the Princes Highway, Dapto.
According to police documents, he then threatened officers and ambulance staff who attended the crash site.
"It's all good and well till you get seen in the shopping centre or something," Fornaciari told police, and swore at paramedics who told him to worry more about the person than the state of the bike.
He allegedly said, "f--- up, c---s, it's my f---ing bike, it cost me 60 grand".
Fornaciari and another Finks member, Jake Smith, were arrested early last year after police seized a loaded .22 calibre pistol with a silencer, ammunition, a stolen ute and Finks paraphernalia.
A glance at photographs of the bikie shows how over just a four-year period, Fornaciari's face went from clear to heavily inked.
A police photograph of him issued in 2014 shows a fresh-faced Fornaciari with just the hint of a neck tattoo.
An undated photograph on his Facebook page shows more neck tattoos with a face that's a smooth visage with no apparent ink, but sculpted eyebrows.
Next, Fornaciari introduced some writing on his face.
A tattoo also appeared on his right cheek, and in the next progression an elaborate Gothic script has been inked onto the top of his forehead.
What looks like Arabic letters, or perhaps Pitman's shorthand, have been written in ink above his left eye.
Next (is it a horn? a geometric teardrop?) the left side of his face has acquired two long isosceles triangles, one below the eye and one above.
Last year, police charged Fornaciari with a string of offences including firearms offences and other charges.
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