Man on ‘Doomsday’ terror charges was using crutches when he appeared before court from prison where is on remand

Robert and Natasha Templeton

A MAN accused of ‘Doomsday’ terror-related charges was using crutches when he appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link from Maghaberry Prison where he is on remand.

Robert James Templeton (33) and Natasha Templeton, a classroom assistant, (31), both of Cladytown Road at Glarryford, are Christians and were allegedly preparing for ‘End times’ a previous court heard.

A defence lawyer previously said 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 couple’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.

Natasha Templeton is on bail and was in the dock at the court on Thursday.

A prosecutor said forensics in relation to the case are due in November and police had “some outstanding enquiries to be completed”.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney told Thursday’s court: “This is a case in which both parties have given full answers to all police questions. They have identified all the items”.

The court heard Robert Templeton has an adjourned High Court bail application.

The cases have been further adjourned to September 12.

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