VANCOUVER — Some things to know about John Nuttall and his wife Amanda Korody from undercover videos shown to the jury. The pair, who were found guilty of terror-related charges, were recent converts to Islam:
— Nuttall says he was drawn to Islam because of what he saw as the 9/11 hijackers’ courage to “stand up.”
— He says that before Islam, he and Korody were “heroin junkies.” Court heard they were undergoing methadone treatment during the four-month surveillance period between March and July 1, 2013, when they were arrested.
— Nuttall tells an undercover officer that the thought of killing somebody “makes me sick … but it has to be done. This is a war.”
— Nuttall tells an undercover officer he is short on rent money and that his wife is stressed out and worried they may become homeless. He says jihad and ensuring his wife’s happiness are his two main duties.
— Nuttall had shoulder-length hair and a beard in the videos, in which is also seen wearing a Middle Eastern scarf, but at the trial he had short hair and donned a suit.
— Korody is wearing a hijab in videos shown in court and continued to wear it, or a head scarf, during the trial.
— Court heard Korody had health problems. In one video, off-screen sounds of retching are heard and she is believed to be vomiting in the bathroom of a hotel room.
— In a video on July 1, 2013, the morning the Crown says the couple was to detonate pressure-cooker bombs, Korody tells Nuttall she’s panicked and that her heart is racing.
— The trial heard the couple’s laptops contained recordings of the Qur’an, along with extremist literature such as Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” and “The Anarchist’s Cookbook.” Files with instructions from an extremist online magazine on building and setting off explosives were also found.
The Canadian Press