Trial hears teen had phone number of jihadist sympathizer Couture-Rouleau

MONTREAL — A teenager’s terrorism trial is hearing he had reported links to a jihadist sympathizer who killed a Canadian Forces soldier near Montreal last October.

The teen’s trial before Quebec youth court heard today that police met with him a few hours after Martin Couture-Rouleau’s attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Couture-Rouleau deliberately drove a car into two soldiers, killing Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and injuring another before being fatally shot by police.

A detective who testifed today attempted to make a link between the two as the teen was found with Couture-Rouleau’s phone number in his pocket.

That meeting took place at a detention centre where the teen was being held for armed robbery in a convenience store.

The teen, who cannot be named because he is a minor, faces two charges: committing a robbery for the benefit of an unspecified terrorist organization and planning to leave Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group abroad.

The trial, which began this week, is continuing in a Montreal youth courtroom.

He has already pleaded guilty to the robbery charge.

(Cogeco News/The Canadian Press)

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