>Australian weightlifter in court on steroid counts.

>A weightlifting champ known as “Mr Bench” is facing drug charges.

Angelo Galati, 42, of Bentleigh East, appeared at Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court on January 14 after being charged with possessing anabolic steroids.

Galati has five Mr Australia titles to his name and is a world record bench presser.

Police prosecutor Leading Sen-Constable Adrian Hale told the court Galati’s house was raided in November. He said a 10ml vial of testosterone was allegedly found in socks stuffed in a bedside drawer.

“A drugs warrant was issued and the house searched,” Sen-Constable Hale said.

“He said he had previously used it to raise his testosterone levels and forgot about it.”

Defence lawyer George Henderson said Galati didn’t know anything about the vial and that it was likely to have been missed in a previous police search.

He will appear again in court on February 11 for the charge.

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