A man shot in broad daylight at a
Koonawarra home last month was a known bikie who had recently
patched over from the Rebels to the Finks, a court has heard.
Domenico Nardi, 25, was hit in the
forearm by one of two bullets fired into the front yard of a Galong
Crescent home by an unknown assailant in a blue car just after
9.30am on January 15.
He was treated at the scene by
paramedics before being taken to Wollongong Hospital. He was later
transferred to a hospital in Sydney for surgery.
The Mercury can reveal Nardi, a
convicted criminal, was once a member of the Rebels outlaw
motorcycle gang, however has told police he “patched over” to join
rival club the Finks during his last stint behind bars.
While Nardi has refused to provide
officers investigating his shooting with a statement on what
occurred or divulge who may have been behind it, police believe it
was a targeted attack carried out in retaliation for his defection.
The Mercury can also reveal the house
at which the shooting took place belongs to Troy Fornaciari, a known
member of the Finks’ Lake Illawarra chapter, and that Nardi’s
presence at the home that day was in direct violation of bail
conditions banning Nardi from associating with members of a criminal
organisation due to his involvement in an upcoming NSW District
Court documents said Nardi spoke
briefly with police from his hospital bed, telling detectives he had
gone to Fornaciari’s house that day to pick up his car, which had
been left there by his brother.
But when pressed for details, he said
he’d been there to give Fornaciari’s girlfriend money to fix her
He denied going to the house to see Fornaciari,
however police rearrested him for breaching his bail.
He fronted Wollongong District Court
on Wednesday wearing prison greens and sporting a stiff support
bandage around his wounded arm. His lawyer asked for bail to be
reinstated so Nardi could continue rehabilitation treatment on his
The court heard Nardi had regular
sessions with a nerve specialist at a hospital in Sydney and, if
remanded in custody and unable to access that treatment, risked
permanent damage to his hand.
Judge Andrew Haesler agreed to
release Nardi, conceding his chances of getting such rehabilitation
therapy from Corrective Services was “about zero”.
As part of his release, Nardi’s
curfew has been increased by three hours to between 6pm and 6am.
He has also been further banned from
attending any premises that could be associated with criminal
organisations including motorcycle shops, tattoo parlours and
Nardi’s court cases have been listed
for mention on on February 14.