Ballymena Court hears prosecutors have now received a case file from police in relation to couple accused of ‘preparation of terrorist acts’

Robert and Natasha Templeton

PROSECUTORS have now received a case file from police in relation to a couple accused of ‘preparation of terrorist acts’ by stashing swords, axes, knives, explosives and ammunition at their Glarryford home.

The accused are Robert (34) and Natasha Templeton (32).

When the case was mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court a prosecutor said a full file has been received from police but further information had been requested.

The prosecutor said the majority of what was further requested is now in and the only material outstanding, at that stage, was an ‘e-crime’ report in relation to two phones which had been seized by police.

The prosecutor said police told her department that report was now available and was to be with them within a matter of days from the date of the court.

The prosecution lawyer said the directing officer said she would be taking the opinion of senior counsel and was asking for an eight week adjournment to do so.

A defence solicitor for Natasha Templeton said the case had been “going on for over a year” and said he understood progress had been made regarding forensics but felt a six week adjournment would help speed the matter up.

District Judge Nigel Broderick adjourned the case to November 12 for a further update.

Robert and Natasha Templeton face a number of charges relating to July last year when items were found at Cladytown Road, Glarryford.

The charges include: possession of ‘explosive substances, namely, component parts of multiple Improvised Explosive Devices, a quantity of various types of initiators, a quantity of various types and sizes of fill/shrapnel, a quantity of various types of pre-cursor chemicals for use in the manufacture of homemade explosives, a wireless firework firing system and a quantity of blank cartridges, with intent by means thereof to endanger life or cause serious injury to property’.

Possessing ‘explosive substances, namely, component parts of multiple Improvised Explosive Devices, a quantity of various types of propellant, a quantity of various sizes of ball bearings, a quantity of various types of chemicals for use in Improvised Explosive Devices’.

Having ‘ammunition, namely, a quantity of shotgun cartridges, a quantity of 9mm calibre ammunition and a quantity of .22 mm calibre ammunition, with intent by means thereof to endanger life or cause serious injury to property’.

Another charge is possession of ‘certain articles, namely, a quantity of balaclavas, a quantity of Walkie Talkie communication devices, a Taser, an industrial drill with clamp, angle grinders, threading tool, soldering iron set, cylindrical block metal, rifling drill bit and a quantity of swords, knives and axes in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that the said articles were in your possession for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism’.

Other charges include possession of an imitation firearm and having ‘information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, namely, a book entitled ‘US Army Improvised Munitions Handbook’; ‘Preparation of terrorist acts’ by ‘setting up of an operation to manufacture multiple improvised explosive devices and for the conversion of imitation firearms’.

Despite previous claims in court that the Templetons were allegedly stockpiling food for an “end times” scenario, a prosecutor later told another court, last year: “It’s now accepted there doesn’t appear to be any sinister background to it.

“The press had described it as a Doomsday-type scenario where they gathered together all these items for the possibility of shortages,” a prosecutor previously said.

 

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