A furious mother is suing her ex-husband for allegedly letting their 16-year-old daughter get a tattoo without her consent.
Teenager Casey Victory had a dreamcatcher inked onto her left calf at Picton Tattoos in south west Sydney on New Year’s Eve last year.
Minors are required written permission from a parent or guardian to get a piercing or tattoo under New South Wales law.
When Nadene Rees, from Hilltop, discovered the tattoo she was furious and is no taking legal action against her ex-husband.
Bradley Victory, 45, from Tahmoor is facing charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The truckie received a court summons three weeks ago after being contacted by police.
Mr Victory said it wasn’t law enforcement who were pressing charges, but rather his ex-wife.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges after appearing at Picton Local Court on Tuesday.
The teenager, now 17, was by her father’s side throughout proceedings, defending him against the accusations.
‘It’s horrible… Dad’s done nothing wrong and it was my choice to get it done as well,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
Ms Victory said the work was done with her father’s consent, and part of the reason he said yes was because he has his own body modifications.
‘Dad ummed and aahed about it… Dad’s like, ”I’m not going to be hypocritical” — he’s got tattoos.’
The dreamcatcher symbolises good luck in native American culture and the image had a significant meaning for the teenager at the time.
‘(He’s) like ”well I can’t really say no”. It’s not a horrible tattoo, it’s something little, something that has a meaning behind it. (I got it) to follow my dreams, to dream big,’ she said.
Documents tendered during court proceedings written by Mr Victory’s lawyer Carolyn Shiels indicate the teenager has been estranged with her mother for three years.
Her father, her mother and her paternal grandparents are all supposed to have equal shared parental responsibility for the teenager.
But it’s understood she has spent a large part of her life in her grandparents care.
Barrister Stephen Lawrence expressed surprise over the unusual nature of the case, due to the father being sued rather than the actual tattoo artist.
The case will return to court in September.