Finks bikie refused bail
after aggressive outburst in Wollongong court
A high-ranking Finks bikie
on gun and drug charges at a North Wollongong industrial unit on Thursday
morning will remain behind bars until March after a magistrate decided he was
too aggressive to make a bail application.
Legal Aid lawyer David Ryan told Wollongong
court he had been unable to get proper legal instructions from Troy Fornaciari
since his arrest due to the 34-year-old's ongoing hostility in the police
Fornaciari eventually appeared in court via
video link on Thursday afternoon and was initially polite – until Magistrate
Shane McAnulty advised him that some of his charges related to alleged threats
he'd made at the scene of a motorcycle crash at Dapto in August 2017.
Fornaciari objected to the charges and
attempted to explain his innocence, before launching into an expletive-laden
assessment of the investigating officers.
"I find the police to be rude f---ing
c----suckers to charge me with that," he said.
Magistrate McAnulty warned him about his
language, prompting Fornaciari to apologise, however moments later he used the
same phrase to describe Mr Ryan.
When again warned against swearing, Fornaciari
turned belligerent and challenged the long-serving judicial officer.
"What are you going to do? Are you going to
come down here and personally do it yourself? If not, shut your f---ing mouth
you f---ing dog," Fornaciari said, prompting Magistrate McAnulty to cut the
Court documents reveal Fornaciari is accused
of using his senior position in the OMCG's South Coast chapter to direct fellow
gang members and associates in criminal activity, notably drug deals.
It is alleged Fornaciari was found in
possession of 189 grams of the drug ice when police raided the North Wollongong
warehouse, which they believe was destined to become the gang's clubhouse.
Police also uncovered a loaded firearm and a
Toyota Hilux they believe had previously been stolen.
Fornaciari was charged with 12 offences – to
which he has pleaded not guilty – while another gang associate, Jake Smith, is
facing three charges.
Smith also fronted court on Thursday afternoon
but did not apply for bail.
Smith's matter will return to court on March
13, while Fornaciari will fronted court again on March 21.