Michael ‘Ruthless’ Davey was a fun loving gangster thug and bikie before his murder.
Michael ‘Ruthless’ Davey was a fun loving gangster thug and bikie before his murder. Supplied

The new criminal class of Instagram thugs

THEY have tattoos, muscles, a dose of arrogance and an Instagram account to flaunt their beautiful girlfriend plus the proceeds of their crimes ... flashy car, luxury holidays and statement or exotic pet.

The new thugs of Instagram might be the man working out in your gym or it may be the gang audacious enough to flog a man half to death with nail-spiked baseball bats in broad daylight on Bondi Beach.

The Instagram thugs may be bikie gang members or, as news.com.au understands is the case in Thursday's savage Bondi attack, a criminal group of Middle Eastern background.

They may be drug importers, standover men, armed robbers or all three, but these criminals with their supposed gangster glamour are invading the otherwise peaceful lives of law abiding Australians.

Tattoos, bling and muscles: Gangster and standover man Pasquale Barbaro was typical of the new Instagram thugs who are Australia’s new criminal class.
Tattoos, bling and muscles: Gangster and standover man Pasquale Barbaro was typical of the new Instagram thugs who are Australia’s new criminal class. Instagram

Marching towards their prey, a 34-year-old sunbaker, the thugs passed by picnickers and women and babies.

Minutes later, after they had beaten their victim bloody, the gang left alarmed mothers and crying babies in their wake to drive off in a white Mercedes.

It remains to be seen who the attackers are, but while the boldness of their lunchtime attack was starling their arrogance was familiar.

Sydneysiders and residents of other cities are growing more familiar with the sights of the sort of young men who have become Australia's new criminal class.

Police announce they have busted a major drug ring and the alleged perpetrators are dragged off in handcuffs.

Shots are fired in a sleepy suburban street and the following the residents find that a bikie gang leader or an underworld drug lord has been living and has died among them.

A man's body is found discarded on a nature strip and it emerges that a gang hit has been made on a suspected "dog" or informant.

The men's Instagram or other social media accounts are opened and it's the same story: shirtless shots of man with the thuggish glamour of designer sunglasses and skimpy clothing relaxing in his den.

Chunky gold chains show off his multiple tattoos adorning a muscled body inflated by steroids.

He might be posing in front of his luxury wheels, or on the mate's yacht that could be used to bring the drugs in.

Then there's his girlfriend or wife, usually quite beautiful, and now a widow or destined to spend many years visiting him in prison.

News Corp Australia

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