Judge rules that RCMP entrapped couple
A dramatic day in the lives of the two people found guilty of plotting to bomb the BC legislature three years ago. Today, a judge found police entrapped John Nuttall and Amanda Korody and let them go free. But in an unexpected twist, a few hours later they were arrested again. Mary Griffin reports.
A group of journalists met John Nuttall and Amanda Korody as they left the Vancouver courthouse.
“How are you Amanda?”
“John, anything to say.”
“OK, guys no comment.”
After three years behind bars, the couple are acccompanied by Nuttall’s mother and leave in a taxi.
“What’s first on your list, John?”
“Get in a cab and drive away from here.”
“I’m going to follow him.”
A BC Supreme Court judge overturned their conviction on terrorism charges related to the plot to bomb the legislature on Canada Day 2013.
Their lawyers, Marilyn Stanford and Mark Jette, say it’s a definitive judgement.
“It was a stinging indictment of a very misguided and ill-considered police operation that should never have happened.
And Justice Bruce has nailed it in my view.”
“This is the kind of case where frankly, the first disclosure was 192 page summary, and the first time I read it, I thought exactly this.
What happened today.”
“The pair will walk free.”
Watching the events unfold in her Victoria apartment, is Nuttall’s grandmother, Lorene Smith.
“My daughter Maureen phoned me.”
“What did she tell you?”
“She told me that they had, they were set free.”
Police recorded hundreds of hours of surveillance tape.
But the judge ruled the police entrapped the couple.
“We share information with each other about explosives.”
And manipulated Nuttall and Korody into committing an act of terrorism.
Smith says she’s preparing dinner for the couple when they arrive.
“What’s the first thing you are going to say to John?”
Yes, then put my arms around him, we’ll have a good embrace, also with Anna.”
In a dramatic turn of events, police re-arrested Nuttall and Korody shortly after they left the courthouse on a new charge, fear of terrorism.
But they are expected to be released sometime this evening.
The crown has filed its intention to appeal today’s decision.