Guilty Vic terror plotter yells at jury

Caroline Schelle
Phillip Galea has been found guilty of plotting terror attacks targeting buildings

A far-right extremist has yelled at a jury after being found guilty of plotting terror attacks in Melbourne, claiming they didn't have "all the facts".

Phillip Galea was found guilty of planning attacks on "left-wing" targets in Victoria including the Trades Hall and others between August 2015 and 2016.

"You weren't given all the facts," the convicted terror plotter called out as jury members were being taken from the courtroom on Thursday.

The 35-year-old equated the "left wing" with Muslims and held the former responsible for the "Islamisation of Australia", the Supreme Court jury was told during the trial.

He aimed to target the city's anarchist club, the Melbourne Resistance Centre along with Trades Hall to "eliminate leaders of the left".

Galea had looked up maps and the clubs' addresses, prosecutors argued.

He was also convicted of creating a document "likely to facilitate" a terrorist act, which he labelled the "Patriot's Cookbook".

The Braybrook man took the stand during the seven-week trial and claimed the first version of the guide was meant to be a a Monty Python-esque satire.

He had also been connected to the far-right group Reclaim Australia and had previously spoken about targeting left-wing activists at a rally with "chemical bombs".

Galea's defence claimed his terror plot was actually a "fake plan" to expose a police mole.

"He put together a fake plan which would expose the police informer he believed to be acting against right-wing groups," barrister Felicity Gerry QC said of the allegations.

He believed police had planted an informer in right-wing groups as "part of a left-wing political objective against the right", she said during the trial.

There were also claims aired in court that Galea wanted to cut throats, inject people with acid and target police with snake venom.

Arson and explosives experts raided Galea's home in November 2015 and seized five cattle prods and 362.1 grams of mercury.

Computer equipment was also seized, and police said Galea researched homemade bombs, ballistic armour and guns.

Galea described himself as a self-taught electrical engineer who was using the mercury to replicate an engine originally created by 19th century English scientist Michael Faraday.

The jury began deliberations on Monday afternoon and returned the guilty verdicts on Thursday.

He will appear for a pre-sentence hearing in March next year.