Vic anti-Islam extremist wins appeal

Kaitlyn Offer
Vic anti-Islam extremist wins appeal

An anti-Islam extremist accused of plotting Melbourne bomb attacks has won an appeal against a separate conviction.

Prosecutors did not fight the appeal by Phillip Michael Galea, 32, in the Victorian County Court on Wednesday over his June 2016 breach of bail conviction.

In a quick hearing, the charge was set aside by Judge Mark Taft.

Galea left the dock with a wide grin, but he remains in custody.

The right-wing crusader is on remand charged with collecting or making documents to prepare for terrorist acts between November 2015 and early August 2016.

Galea is also charged with doing acts in preparation for a terrorist act between September 2015 and early August 2016.

He will reappear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court sitting in the County Court on those charges on Friday.

Investigators have told previous court hearings Galea has been linked to extremist groups Reclaim Australia, United Patriots Front, Patriots Defence League Australia, the True Blue Crew and also a "neo-Nazi, self-confessed militant group" called Combat 18.