Monday September 9 2013

– A senior member of the Finks motorcycle gang wants police to return his guns after they were seized in a fiery raid.
Frank Dieni, the sergeant-at-arms of the club’s South Melbourne chapter, says Victoria Police does not have the right to keep the weapons.
He will take his fight to the Victorian Firearms Appeal Committee to have the four guns returned.
Last year’s seizure of Mr Dieni’s guns at his Melton home came as police confiscated more than 100 weapons in a major blitz on bikies. They were taken from gun owners deemed not to be fit and proper people because of their links to motorcycle gangs.
But Mr Dieni clashed with police, resulting in him facing 19 charges.
Mr Dieni, an invalid pensioner, was last week found guilty of six charges, including four of non-physical assault against the police.
He was fined $3000 in Sunshine Magistrates Court but no conviction was recorded.
At a bail application soon after his arrest, Echo Taskforce Detective Senior Constable Ray Tillekeratne described Mr Dieni as an enforcer with the Finks.
It was alleged Mr Dieni told police he had authority to “hold the boys back, but I also control them. I’m going to unleash them and tell them to smash every copper dog…” But Mr Dieni’s lawyer, Alan Swanwick, told the same hearing he had no convictions and was singled out because he was a member of a motorcycle club.
Mr Dieni’s supporters suggest the raid was heavy-handed and removing the weapons could have been accomplished without acrimony.
Both he and Victoria Police declined to comment on the situation when contacted by the Herald Sun.
Members of the Wangaratta-based Tramps motorcycle club lost a bid to have their guns and licences returned after a hearing in the Victorian Firearms Appeal Committee.
The committee ruled in favour of one applicant, former Tramp and adventure store operator Craig Norton.
Another Tramp withdrew his application because he was banned from having a firearms licence.
The Tramps who failed in their bids will try to get their weapons back through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
– Mark Buttler


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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