The trial of Surrey's John Nuttall and Amanda Korody continues this week in Vancouver.

Accused in Canada Day bomb plot changed plans after Boston Marathon bombings: witness

Court hears Surrey's John Nuttall spoke of Osama bin Laden and believed accused Canadian terrorists should be supported.

Though alleged terrorist John Nuttall initially spoke of firing homemade rockets at the B.C. parliament buildings, his plan changed after the Boston Marathon bombings in mid-April 2013, according to an undercover RCMP officer who befriended the man accused in a 2013 Canada Day terror plot.

The police operative, who can’t be identified, began his testimony Tuesday at the trial of Nuttall and his wife Amanda Korody in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.

He said Nuttall told him pressure-cooker bombs like those used in Boston (where three people were killed and about 280 injured) would be cheaper and simpler than the militant Islamic Hamas-style rockets he’d talked about prior.

The officer told the 14-member jury he befriended Nuttall at a gas station he frequented on Scott Road and 96 Avenue in Surrey, presenting himself as an Arab businessman who was searching for his niece.

Nuttall was “ready to help,” the undercover agent testified, and the two spent about two hours together, with Nuttall showing him where teens would hang out.

There was no mention in court as to why Nuttall became a target by police investigators.

The officer testified Nuttall almost immediately began sharing his extreme Islamic views and plans to perform jihad, quoting deceased terrorist leader Osama bin Laden on their first meeting. The officer said he warned Nuttall about his openness, reminding him they’d only just met and questioning how he knew he could trust him.

Nuttall and Korody are accused of plotting to set off bombs outside the Victoria legislature buildings on Canada Day 2013, when thousands of people would be there to celebrate the nation’s birthday. They are charged with making or possessing an explosive device, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, conspiring to commit murder and knowingly facilitating terrorist activity. They have pleaded not guilty.

The RCMP witness told the jury he met with Nuttall, and later, Korody, several times between March and June 2013 and that he never had to encourage Nuttall to talk about his “plan.”

The officer said Nuttall talked about the men accused in the Boston bombings, as well as those accused in the Via Rail bomb plot in Ontario. He was upset, said the witness, because imams at local mosques were critical of the accused instead of supporting them.

Korody, the officer testified, wasn’t around much initially but became more involved as the plot proceeded.

The trial began last Monday (Feb. 2), but was adjourned until today (Tuesday).

The undercover witness is the first to be called by the Crown, which contends Nuttall and Korody made and planted pressure-cooker bombs in two garden planters outside the parliament buildings, timed to go off at 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Police made sure they didn’t detonate (by providing fake plastic explosives) and Nuttall and Korody were arrested at a hotel in Abbotsford on July 1, 2013.

Though they called themselves “al-Quaeda Canada,” the Crown doesn’t believe the pair had support, or that any terrorist groups even knew about them.

The trial continues. It’s expected to last more than four months.

Just Posted

Mad Hatter’s Ball offers laughs in support of Boys and Girls Club

Annual fundraising event features improv performances at McPherson Playhouse May 24

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

SidFest 7 ready to rock the Mary Winspear Centre

The Bankes Brothers and Madrona Drive headlining May 24 concert

Penelakut filmmaker Steve Sxwithul’txw finds success in film and TV

Cop-turned-storyteller reaches back to his past for Tribal Police Files

Choir offers a capella take on Beatles hits

Soundings will perform concerts in Oak Bay and Sidney May 24 and 25

VIDEO: Horseshoe pitching association appeals to Greater Victora youngsters

Youth horseshoe pitching club offers fun for all ages, says GVHPA

Canadian killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Vancouver Island MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Some of America’s greatest session musicians are coming to the Comox Valley this summer

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Most Read