>A world champion weightlifter has escaped jail for a second drug offence.
Angelo Galati, known as “Mr Bench”, received a fine after pleading guilty to possessing a vial of steroids and breaching an intensive corrections order.
The testosterone vial was found in a sock drawer of the multiple Mr Universe winner in a police raid in November.
At the February 11 Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court hearing police prosecutor Leading Sen-Constable Cameron Cunningham said a vial was discovered after Galati’s home was searched.
Last January the 42-year-old Bentleigh East hairdresser received a 12-month intensive corrections order after pleading guilty to trafficking steroids, possessing a drug of dependence and receiving and possessing the proceeds of crime.
Almost 6500 anabolic steroid tablets, 16 vials of liquid and $16,835 in cash were seized during the September 2008 sting.
Sen-Constable Cunningham said police searches were thorough. “Police say there was nothing left (after the first search),” Sen-Constable Cunningham said.
But defence lawyer George Henderson said the drugs were part of the same cache located in the previous raid.
“The vial had been there a while … it was there from what they didn’t take last time,” Mr Henderson said.
Magistrate Martin Grinberg fined Galati $400 and ordered the remaining days left on the ICO be completed.