Baldacchino leaving court / Pic: Ross Schultz Source: The
A CAR mechanic and former bikie gang
member who was caught receiving stolen parts has been
allowed to keep running a workshop for a year under his
son's repair license.
Alex Baldacchino was last year stripped of his
own car repair license after a string of criminal convictions -
which he then lied about on official forms.
But yesterday it was revealed he was still
involved in operating his workshop, Penrith Mechanical Repairs,
on his son's license after a restriction on him managing or
directing a business was left up in the air.
In 2003 Baldacchino was caught driving a
customer's car without permission after putting false
numberplates on the vehicle, while four years later he was given
a six-month suspended sentence for threatening a mechanic who
was involved in a dispute with his family.
He was ordered into home detention in 2010 for
seven months after he was found driving a car which had been
reported stolen then rebirthed twice.
NSW Fair Trading last year cancelled his
workshop license indefinitely.
Baldacchino appealed to the Administrative
Decisions Tribunal, which instead gave him the mandatory 10-year
Yesterday the tribunal was told it remained
a"real problem" for Fair Trading that no official orders had
been made about him running a workshop on his son's license.
Patrick Griffin, representing the department,
said the issue needed to be dealt with urgently as the public
was "at risk".
Baldacchino said the workshop kept coming up
"squeaky clean" despite Fair Trading officials continually
returning and "harassing" them.
"It goes back to my background as an Outlaw
Motorcycle Gang member, which I got out of 10 years ago," he
Baldacchino made no mention of his 2003
conviction when he applied for his repairer's license and in
later annual renewals failed to reveal full details of his
criminal record or that he had recently been declared bankrupt.
In a previous judgement, the tribunal found it
was "oppressive" to make his license ban indefinite and remove
any hope he might "reform himself".