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John Nuttall, Amanda Korody's fate now in jury's hands

05/30/2015 09:37 EDT | Updated 05/30/2016 05:59 EDT
The fate of a B.C. couple accused of plotting a 2013 Canada Day terrorist attack at the B.C. legislature is now in the hands of a B.C. Supreme Court jury, who will begin their deliberations on Sunday, nearly four months after the trial began.

It took Justice Catherine Bruce three days to deliver her instructions in the complex legal case, reading from a summary of facts more than 300 pages long.

It's a process that clearly wore on many of the jurors, who by midday Saturday were nodding off or yawning in their seats as the judge went through her instructions page-by-page.

During the trial, more than 100 hours of audio and video evidence, captured by undercover RCMP officers in an elaborate sting operation, were presented to the court.  

The officers posed as terrorists and befriended the couple in the months leading up to the alleged plot to attack the  legislature in Victoria using pressure cooker bombs like the ones used in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Defence says pair were manipulated

Lawyers for Korody and Nuttall argued RCMP officers manipulated the pair. They maintained their plan to detonate the bombs at the legislature would not have materialized had they not been pushed by police. 

They described the couple as former heroin addicts with money issues who were given a purpose when befriended by RCMP officers, who gave them money, clothes and spiritual guidance.

The Crown argued the couple planned to kill innocent people and were fully aware of what they were doing. 

Nuttall and Korody are accused of conspiracy to commit murder, placing an explosive in a public place and possession of an explosive substance.

During her instructions Bruce told the jurors that when weighing the terror charges, they must consider whether the accused were motivated by politics or ideology.

Bruce told jury members they also have the option of finding the pair guilty of the charges, but without the added weight of acting on behalf of a terrorist group.

Nuttall and Korody have pleaded not guilty.

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