Motive key to deciding whether B.C. couple guilty of terrorism: judge

VANCOUVER — A judge has instructed a jury in the case of a husband and wife accused of plotting to bomb the British Columbia legislature that motive is key to deciding whether they are guilty of the terrorism allegations.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody are accused of conspiracy to commit murder, placing an explosive in a public place, and possession of an explosive substance, in connection with the alleged plan set for Canada Day 2013.

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

In order to determine if the pair is guilty of the more serious terror charges, Bruce says the jury must consider whether they were motivated by politics or ideology.

Nuttall and Korody have pleaded not guilty to the charges and their defence lawyers have suggested undercover officers posing as jihad sympathizers manipulated them into plotting the attacks.

Bruce says the jury should only consider if police coaxed or influenced the couple’s actions when they are deliberating on the more serious terror charges.

The Canadian Press