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Canada Day bomb plot suspects expected to enter no plea

07/09/2013 10:50 EDT | Updated 09/08/2013 05:12 EDT
Two Surrey, B.C., residents accused of planning to bomb the province's legislature on Canada Day are expected to appear in court this morning.

John Stewart Nuttall and Amanda Korody are charged with knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity, making or possessing an explosive device and conspiracy to place an explosive device with the intent to cause death or injury.

Nuttall's lawyer Tom Morino says the two have not yet entered pleas.

He says today's hearing is expected to be adjourned to allow time for disclosure.

Friends question allegations

Nuttall, 38, and Korody, who is 28 or 29, are alleged to have turned ordinary pressure cookers into improvised explosive devices filled with rusted nails, nuts, bolts and washers.

Police have claimed the two were inspired by “al-Qaeda ideology,” but say there’s no evidence the two were acting “at the direction of a terror group.”

The couple’s friends have said they find it hard to believe the pair could have organized such a plot.

Korody has been described as a bright and creative, but impressionable young woman who could have been led astray.

Nuttall, meanwhile, is described as a talented musician with the mentality of a 16-year-old.

The couple’s landlord described them as having limited means and questioned how they could have financed such a plot.

CBC News reporter Steve Lus, who was allowed inside the couple’s basement suite, said the couple lived in squalor, and described a living space strewn with discarded methadone bottles, video games and DVDs.

‘Too much’ into religion

However, one friend said the couple’s behaviour changed once they found Islam and became increasingly religious.

Ashley Volpatti told CBC News the couple started exhibiting odd behaviour about six months ago — becoming distant, declining to socialize and selling off Nuttall’s guitars — before they were kicked out of a Surrey mosque.

Volpatti said she wasn’t sure why they were kicked out, but described the pair as being “way too much into their religion.”

A neighbour told CBC News she overheard Nuttall having a loud telephone conversation in which he mentioned jihad.

The couple had also been active in the local paintball community, but stopped attending last August.

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