Right-wing terrorist’s sick views revealed

A man who plotted to blow-up Melbourne targets and wrote a sick manual for others to commit acts of violence has been jailed.

Philip Galea was sentenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Friday to 12 years' jail with nine years' non-parole for planning a terrorist attack and making a document that could facilitate a terrorist attack.

Shaking his head in disagreement at times as he appeared over videolink, Galea briefly flashed a sign that said "I did not receive a fair trial" as his sentence was handed down.

He was convicted by a jury in December 2019, but continues to believe he was a victim of a complex "police conspiracy" involving his own lawyers.

The 36-year-old was arrested in August 2016 after concerned associates contacted police about his vile plans to attack left-wing and Muslims targets.

Phillip Galea is taken into court in Melbourne on October 14, 2019. Picture: AAP Image/David Crosling
Phillip Galea is taken into court in Melbourne on October 14, 2019. Picture: AAP Image/David Crosling

Judge Elizabeth Hollingworth said Galea "regarded Muslims and people on the left wing of politics as sub-humans".

He planned to attack the Victorian Trades Hall in Carlton, the Melbourne Resistance Centre on Swanston Street, and the Melbourne Anarchist Club in Northcote.

He said he wanted the occupants to come out "like burning rats", the court heard.

But Justice Hollingworth said his "rather amateurish" plans had little chance of succeeding.

He spent an "enormous" amount of time alone in his home on the internet, drinking alcohol and "fuelling" his conspiratorial beliefs, the court heard.

His "Patriot's Cookbook" - which he continued working on in prison after being arrested - was written with "extremely poor spelling".

It borrowed heavily from the notorious Anarchist's Cookbook, which Justice Hollingworth said was "somewhat ironic" considering Galea's hatred of anarchists.  

But she said he believed his disturbing plans would work.

"The evidence as a whole leaves no doubt about the sincerity of your intentions, and of the strength of your fixation on your perceived enemies," she said.

He conducted research into the buildings he planned to blow up, staked them out and took photos, investigated methods of making explosive devices, and attempted to recruit others.

The forklift operator was a member of right-wing groups Reclaim Australia and the True Blue Crew.

He talked about desiring the "mass extermination of the left" and to "create a Muslim-free country".

Terrorist Phillip Galea has been sentenced to 12 years’ jail with nine years’ non-parole. Picture: Eugene Hyland
Terrorist Phillip Galea has been sentenced to 12 years’ jail with nine years’ non-parole. Picture: Eugene Hyland

Galea previously told the court his plans and documents were "fake" and part of an effort to flush out what he believed was a police informer in his groups' ranks.

But Justice Hollingworth said this claim was "illogical and implausible".

He claimed the 'Patriot's Cookbook' was satirical, but Justice Hollingworth said it was clear he intended to distribute the "lengthy and detailed" right-wing terrorist guide through the dark web.

The drug-user with "longstanding alcohol issues" did not appear to have any close relationships and was "both a bully and a victim of bullying" when he was at school.

Growing up in a neglectful and violent home, he experienced multiple drug-induced psychotic episodes in adulthood, the court heard.

Galea has spent four years in prison in "effective" solitary confinement after his arrest which is likely to continue throughout his sentence.

Originally published as Right-wing terrorist's sick views revealed



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