Bradley Victory (pictured), 45, from Tahmoor was accused of his teenage daughter’s tattoo
A truckie who was taken to court by his ex-wife after getting their teenage daughter a tattoo celebrates a minor victory in a case that tore the family apart.
Bradley Victory, 45, admits his daughter Casey got a dreamcatcher tattoo on her ankle last year when she was 16 at Picton Tattoos in southwest Sydney.
His ex-wife Nadene Rae Rees has taken legal action over the incident, claiming that the decision was made without her consent.
Mr. Victory was charged with assault that actually results in bodily harm and injures a person with the intent to cause serious bodily harm.
But after a lawsuit on Wednesday at the Picton court, the latest charges were dropped.
Casey Victory (pictured) was 16 when she got a dream catcher tattoo on her ankle
“If I thought it would cause so much drama, I would have waited until she was 18, and it would have saved me and her a lot of grief,” said Mr. Victory. A current affair.
“I’ll do anything for Casey. I would go to great lengths to protect my daughter and all my children. They mean everything to me. ‘
Minors require written permission from a parent or guardian to get a piercing or tattoo under New South Wales law.
Casey had her father’s consent, with whom she said she had been living with him for the past three years.
“I thought it would be nice to have a beautiful dream catcher on my ankle,” she said, regretting the situation her father is in now.
“He’s the best dad I could ever wish for. He does everything for me. Teaches me how to do things. I can contact him about anything, can ask him anything. When I need help, he is always there for me. ‘
The dream catcher symbolizes good luck in Native American culture and the image had important meaning to the teenager at the time.
The dream catcher symbolizes good luck in Native American culture and the image had important meaning to the teenager at the time
Casey came up to me and asked me, “Daddy, can I get a tattoo?” She said, “I really want a tattoo, I want to leave the past behind,” said Mr Victory.
“I have tattoos, so I can’t really be a hypocrite.”
Sydney Attorney Sam Macedone has questioned Ms. Rees’s decision to take the matter to court.
When Nadene Rees (pictured), from Hilltop, discovered the tattoo, she was furious and took legal action against her ex-husband
‘This is not at all common in a criminal court. This is an issue between ex husband, ex wife. To face criminal charges, where a parent gives their daughter permission to get a tattoo – which is quite legal – I don’t understand what this is all about, ”said Mr Macedone.
There are other ways to deal with this issue. But it seems ridiculous to me to accuse this man of hurting his daughter or attacking her. ‘
Mr. Victory hopes today’s court proceedings will be a sign of things to come.
‘It is very good, I am very happy with that [one charge] was withdrawn – hopefully the rest will be thrown away later, ”Mr Victory said Daily telegram.
“I want to get all this out of the way … just had enough.”
Casey, now 17, continues to assist her father through the ordeal.
“They can take sides if they think I’m right and Dad is right or my mom is right, but I think we did the right thing. I’m pretty sure we’re right, ”she said.
A hearing will be held next year on the charge of assault and actual bodily harm.
If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.
Casey, now 17, continues to assist her father through the ordeal