Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth mentioned Galea had additionally begun to provide a 200-page instruction handbook he referred to as the “Patriot’s Cookbook” to encourage different extremists to commit acts of violence towards “lefties” and Muslims.
She mentioned he later continued to work on the handbook whereas incarcerated.
“Though you regard your self as a patriot that holds mainstream views, it is clear that the jury discovered in any other case,” Justice Hollingworth mentioned.
“You are not being punished for holding radical right-wing views, or for saying issues that many individuals would discover deeply offensive. Quite, you are being punished for the violent means by which you contemplated selling your beliefs.”
Justice Hollingworth mentioned Galea, who was a member of each Reclaim Australia and the True Blue Crew, proposed to explode his focused buildings in the course of the early hours utilizing Molotov cocktails.
There was additionally proof aired throughout his trial that he advised others he believed folks could also be sleeping inside and he needed to see them run from the broken buildings like “burning rats” as he big-noted himself on-line.
Galea argued the plan was faux and merely designed to “flush out” a police informer inside his ranks.
However Justice Hollingworth discovered that whereas his plan was amateurish and a few components extremely unlikely to succeed, “you believed they’d work”.
“You clearly regarded Muslims and other people on the left-wing of politics as sub-humans whose lives had no worth,” she mentioned.
In December 2019, a jury found Galea guilty of acts in preparation for, or the planning of, a terrorist act and making an attempt to make a doc more likely to facilitate a terror assault.
They heard Galea needed to cut back the affect of these perceived to be related to left-wing ideology, together with Muslims.
On Friday, Justice Hollingworth mentioned Galea’s solely prior offence for violence was in December 2009 when he was positioned on a community-based order for making threats to kill.
She mentioned Galea had spent monumental quantities of time alone, ingesting closely and fuelling his conspiracy theories on-line all through his most up-to-date offending.
She accepted this on-line presence had briefly given the now 36-year-old a way of function and id and that his identified paranoia and poor emotional response had affected his judgement.
The courtroom heard Galea had additionally spent most of his 4 years in custody in solitary confinement as a result of nature of his prices and was more likely to stay in onerous protecting circumstances for the foreseeable future.
He should serve not less than 9 years of his 12-year sentence earlier than being eligible for parole.
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Erin covers crime for The Age. Most just lately she was a police reporter on the Geelong Advertiser.