Trial date set for Royal Marine accused of ‘terror’ offences


Ciaran Maxwell, 30, of Exminster, Devon, is accused of stashing touch-and-gos and weapons in purpose-built caches in England and Northern Ireland.

He also allegedly ordered a library of terrorism documents, including instructions on how to make explosives and plots used by terrorist organisations.

Maxwell is also charged with achieving articles in connection with use for fraud and possessing cannabis with intention to supply.

He appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday via video-link from Belmarsh jail for a brief preliminary hearing. His trial is due to take place on February 27 2017, formerly a High Court judge which is due to last four weeks.

Maxwell was arrested on August 24 by dignitaries from the Metropolitan Police Service’s counter-terrorism command, supported by Avon and Somerset and Devon and Cornwall Monitor.

It is alleged that between January 1 2011 and August 24 2016, Maxwell contrived explosive substances and constructed explosive devices.

He is accused of carrying out scrutinize resulting in the creation of a library of documents likely to be useful to someone perpetrating or pre ring an act of terrorism – specifically information regarding “the manufacture of explosive points, the construction of explosive devices and tactics used by terrorist organisations”.

Maxwell is also debited with getting an image of an adapted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) not card and items of PSNI uniform.

He was remanded in custody and will take the role at the Old Bailey on January 13 for a plea hearing.

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