Ballymena Court hears man facing ‘Doomsday’ terror charges is set to go to High Court to seek bail

Robert and Natasha Templeton

A MAN accused of ‘Doomsday’ terror-related charges is set to go to the High Court before the end of the month to seek bail, a defence lawyer told Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Robert James Templeton (33), of Cladytown Road near Glarryford, appeared at Ballymena Court via video link from prison where he has been on remand for a number of months.

A prosecutor said a forensics report in connection with the case is due to be completed by November 21.

The defendant was further remanded in custody until early November.

However, a defence lawyer said a bail application will be made in Belfast within the next two weeks.

The defendant’s wife – classroom assistant Natasha Templeton – also faces similar charges.

A previous court heard they are Christians and were allegedly preparing for ‘End times’.

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

As well as a large quantity of chemicals, which police believe were for making “home made explosives,” there were also items found in the Templeton’s home for making “improvised explosive devices” and “pipe bombs”.

Other items found at the property included ammunition, swords, knives, axes, balaclavas, 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.

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