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Vic Hells Angel to stand trial for bombing

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A Victorian member of the Hells Angels has been committed to stand trial over his alleged hand in bombings targeting rival bikie gang the Bandidos.

Dennis Basic, 34, of Frankston, is alleged to have made an explosive device detonated at the Bandidos Dandenong clubhouse in July and two undetonated devices found at the Nitro gym in Hallam in September.

Basic pleaded not guilty to more than 30 charges that also include weapons charges, in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.

He also faces charges relating to the bombing of a car in Narre Warren last May.

The device used in the Narre Warren car bombing was consistent with the type of explosive used in the Dandenong bombing, Detective Senior Constable Glen Hatton said in a court statement.

The device used in the Dandenong bombing was "identical in manufacture" to the devices used at the gym, he said.

A search of a Frankston cabin belonging to Basic turned up explosive substances, detonators, safety fuses and other explosive material.

"I immediately recognised the similarities between the safety fuse used in the bombings and the safety fuse observed in Basic's bedroom," Det Sen Const Hatton said.

Forensic explosives expert John Kelleher said the explosive materials found at Narre Warren were the same as materials found at another of Basic's premises in Langwarrin.

He said the particular type of explosive accounted for less than half a per cent of explosives used in Australia but it was still common.

"It's the same type of explosive, so in that sense it matches it," Mr Kelleher told the court.

"But there's an awful lot of this stuff produced."

Witness Ryan Mizzi, who has known the defendant since they played soccer together as teenagers, is the owner of the Ford Territory blown up in May.

He said Basic had absolutely no reason to blow up his car.

Magistrate Johanna Metcalf denied bail.

Basic was remanded to appear in the Victorian County Court on Tuesday.