Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Man 'Repulsed' by Killing but Says Terrorist Attack Necessary: Trial

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Man 'Repulsed' by Killing but Says Terrorist Attack Necessary: Trial

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Alleged B.C. terrorist says attack necessary


VANCOUVER - As John Nuttall outlines his plan to bomb the British Columbia legislature on Canada Day, he becomes practically giddy when comparing the annual fireworks in Victoria to the explosions he intends to send ripping through the crowd gathered to celebrate the holiday.

Speaking to an undercover officer in a video played at his trial Thursday, Nuttall is considering the best way to place homemade pressure-cooker bombs on the legislature lawn in the dead of night without drawing suspicion.

Perhaps, he says, he and his wife could wear hard hats and reflective vests to pose as city workers.

"Then again, what kind of workmen are working at three o'clock in the morning?" he asks in a video recorded on June 27, 2013, before answering his own question.

"We're preparing for the celebration," he says, breaking into an almost uncontrollable laugh. "We are making our own fireworks."

Nuttall and Amanda Korody, who each face four terrorism-related charges, were caught up in a sting that tracked them for four months in the spring of 2013. Their main contact was an RCMP officer who posed as an Arab businessman and offered to help them carry out their attack.

In the latest video played for a B.C. Supreme Court jury, Nuttall's jovial mood suddenly falls away as he turns his attention to the ultimate goal of the alleged plot.

"What does it feel like to kill somebody? Do you know?" Nuttall asks the officer, who can't be identified. "Because I've got to admit, the thought of what we're doing makes me feel sick."

The undercover officer tells Nuttall it's unnatural to kill and there's nothing unusual about feeling sick about it. In fact, the officer tells Nuttall several times that he doesn't have to go through with the plan if he doesn't want to.

"I do want to do it," says Nuttall. …

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