Leah Fineran | 10:37am October 17, 2012
A FORMER Finks standover man has dodged jail time for extortion, claiming he has now left the “bad influence” of the notorious Gold Coast bikie club.
He admitted that in 2008 he acted as an illegal debt collector, making threats and standing over a Surfers Paradise man for money owed to a failed investment company.
In 2009 Nachouki was hauled before the Australian Crime Commission as part of a probe into suspected drug trafficking and violence linked to the Finks outlaw motorcycle club.
Despite being compelled to answer, Nachouki refused and was charged with five Commonwealth charges of failing to answer.
Yesterday barrister Ron Frigo said Nachouki spent 346 days in pre-sentence custody and last year he had decided to make a clean break from his sordid Gold Coast life.
He told the court his client had started a new life with his wife and six-month-old baby girl in Canberra.
“He’s completely divorced himself from his Gold Coast lifestyle and the bad influences of the Finks motorcycle club,” Mr Frigo said.
Before joining the Finks in 2007, Nachouki had led a colourful life on the Gold Coast as a nightclub manager, cage fighter and one-time entrant in a nightclub “Search for Mr Right” competition.
Judge Douglas McGill, SC, said Nachouki showed good indications of rehabilitation. He sentenced him to three years in jail with immediate parole for the extortion charge and a concurrent 12 months with immediate parole for each charge of failing to answer questions.
The judge also placed him on a three-year good behaviour bond with $2000 recognisance.
Outside court Nachouki’s solicitor Mark Williams said his client was happy to have the case behind him.