Duncan Robert Cromb, pictured unblurred at the 2008 North American-Pacific Capuchin Conference, is a former Franciscan friar charged with being one of the leaders of SA's neo-nazi group.

Former Catholic friar Duncan Robert Cromb is SA neo-nazi co-leader who was in possession of terrorist book, court told

A lapsed Catholic friar and his fellow neo-nazi leaders were in possession of a book that has inspired bombings and terrorist acts around the world, a court has heard.

A book in the possession of the state’s alleged neo-nazi leaders – one of whom is a lapsed Catholic friar – has inspired fatal acts of terrorism around the world, a court has heard.

On Monday, former novice Capuchin friar Duncan Robert Cromb faced the Adelaide Magistrates Court charged with multiple terrorism offences.

Prosecutors allege he, Cameron Brodie-Hall and Jackson Trevor Pay turned their share-house into the central headquarters for South Australia’s far-right extremists.

They further allege the group subscribed to, and owned a copy of, the works of infamous US domestic terrorist and white supremacist David Eden Lane.

Lane’s racist, conspiracy-minded writings inspired both the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the 2019 Christchurch mosque mass shooting.

Prosecutors allege Mr Cromb, Mr Brodie-Hall and Mr Pay kept a printed copy of Lane’s work on a bookshelf behind a Nazi flag.

They further allege Mr Pay carried a digital copy with him on his phone.

Mr Cromb, 37, of Modbury, has yet to plead to multiple counts of possessing a document or record of information to commit a terrorist act.

He, Mr Brodie-Hall and Mr Pay were arrested at their share-house during anti-extremism police raids around the state in April 2021.

Read the article by Sean Fewster in The Advertiser.