Ballymena Court hears man facing ‘Doomsday’ terror charges has been offered job as a festival steward

Robert and Natasha Templeton

AN UNEMPLOYED man facing terror-related charges who was previously alleged to have amassed a haul of material in the event of ‘Doomsday scenario’ has been offered work as a steward at ‘festivals’, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.

Robert James Templeton (34) and Natasha Templeton, a former classroom assistant, (32), formerly both of Cladytown Road in Glarryford, were allegedly preparing for ‘End times’, a previous court heard.

A haul of items was found at the couple’s home at Cladytown Road near Glarryford.

 

A defence lawyer previously said there had been a sermon at a church in the Ballymena area “about a Doomsday scenario” in which church-goers were encouraged “to stock their cupboards” with food.

Last July a haul of material was found at the couple’s countryside home.

A police officer told a court last year a large quantity of chemicals was believed to be for making “home made explosives” and there were also parts capable of making “improvised explosive devices” and “pipe bombs”.

Other items found at Cladytown Road included ammunition, swords, knives, axes, balaclavas, a taser, walkie-talkies and a book entitled ‘US Army Improvised Munitions Handbook’.

The couple face a range of charges including possessing items and information useful for committing terrorism.

They are also charged with possessing components for improvised explosive devices and possessing explosive material and ammunition in suspicious circumstances with intent to endanger life.

The couple are also charged with preparing for ‘terrorist acts’ and possessing records ‘useful to terrorism’.

Another court hearing last year heard it was later “accepted there doesn’t appear to be any sinister background” to the hoarding.

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

The prosecutor said Robert Templeton said the swords found were part of a collection and that he was interested in films using swords, “for example The Lord of the Rings and Gladiator”.

The couple are on bail and Natasha Templeton’s address is still listed as Cladytown Road but Robert Templeton’s is now listed as Kintyre Park in Ballymena.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Court on Thursday a forensics report in connection with the case is due at the end of March.

A defence lawyer for Robert Templeton told Thursday’s court he was seeking to vary his client’s bail to allow him to take up an offer of employment as a steward at “festivals” in the Republic of Ireland.

He said Robert Templeton had already spent four months remanded in custody and four months on bail.

The lawyer said Natasha Templeton “lost” her job as a result of the court proceedings and her husband was seeking work to be able to provide for the couple who have no children.

A police officer opposed the bail variation saying one of the prohibited items found at Cladytown Road was a taser which Robert Templeton claimed he acquired whilst previously working in Dublin.

The defence lawyer said the defendant said he found the taser on the ground whilst clearing up after a festival and the device wasn’t operational.

At Ballymena Court on Thursday District Judge Nigel Broderick allowed the bail variation but said Robert Templeton must notify the PSNI 48 hours in advance of leaving Northern Ireland to work in the Republic and also he has to tell the police when he returns from across the border.

Both defendants were further remanded on bail and their cases were adjourned to April.

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