Bailed man told not to read about bombs

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A man accused of leaving a homemade bomb on the front doorstep of a Melbourne property has been granted bail on the condition he doesn't go to any hardware stores or look up how to make explosives online.

Peter Carbone, 43, on Wednesday faced Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with making an explosive device and endangering life after police alleged he left a bomb outside a home at Pascoe Vale on July 10.

Detective Senior Constable Georgia Hammond said Carbone wanted to "create a loud bang" and scare the occupants but had "no intention" of injuring them.

She also told the court he did not pose a general risk to the community as it was a "targeted attack".

The court heard a police robot removed the bomb, which took "months of trial and research" to make, and detonated it safely.

Magistrate Greg McNamara said whatever Carbone's intentions, the bomb could have caused serious injury.

"It was poorly executed and fortunately it didn't go off and no one was injured, but all the same it was an extremely dangerous thing to have done," Mr McNamara said.

"There was a high risk and it is a serious criminal offence."

The magistrate said although there was a strong prosecution case against Carbone, he had no criminal history and was unlikely to reoffend.

For these reasons, as well as the fact Carbone could potentially serve more time on remand than his total jail sentence if convicted, Mr McNamara granted the 43-year-old bail with conditions he doesn't attend any hardware stores or make "online inquiries about explosives".

"I would be quite surprised and disappointed if you did," Mr Namara told Carbone.

His co-accused, 39-year-old Martine Kelly, also faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday and she too was granted bail.

The pair will next face court on October 6.

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