A white supremacist from Ingleburn has been charged with setting fire to a Pentecostal church on the NSW mid-north coast.
Ricky White appeared in Taree Local Court on Monday accused of deliberately starting a fire at the Destiny Church at 1.30am on Sunday, September 18.
Mr White is believed to be the head of the Wotansvolk fraternity, a white supremacist group, in NSW – and the second-in-charge nationally.
Despite Mr White’s alleged white supremacist links (which also include an ‘88’ tattoo on one of his hands; a symbol representing Neo-Nazism) Macarthur police are unaware of any white supremacist groups in the area.
Officers from Macquarie Fields and Campbelltown local area commands had not heard of the Wotanskvolk fraternity and did not believe any white supremacist groups had a hold in the region.
Police allege flyers promoting Wotansvolk were found in the Taree church after the fire was extinguished.
The blaze caused an estimated $200,000 worth of damage.
Mr White did not apply for bail when he appeared in court on Monday morning.
Along with the arson charges, he had been wanted by Macarthur police for breaching his bond for firearm offences.
He is due in court again next month.