Two self-described “heroin junkies” who drifted into radical Islam will hear closing arguments early this week at their trail in British Columbia.
John Nuttall and Amanda Korody are charged with plotting to set off homemade bombs on the crowded lawn of the B.C. legislature on Canada Day in Victoria in 2013.
The married couple has pleaded not guilty to three terrorism charges: conspiring to commit murder, possessing explosives on behalf of a terrorist group and conspiring to place explosives on behalf of a terrorist group.
The defence says they were victims of police pressure.
Both were ensnared in an undercover police operation in March 2013, and arrested shortly after the alleged attack was to take place on July 1st.
In June, 2013 Nuttall told a police officer posing as an Arab businessman that he and wife were former drug addicts who were taking methodone and expressed fears about what would happen if they ran out of ran out of methodone.
“Before Islam, we were heroin junkies,” Nuttal, a former punk guitarist, said. “I want you to know we have made a real effort to change our lives for the better, to serve Allah. It’s baby steps, though.”
Nuttal was 38 and Korody was 29 at the time.