Justice Catherine Bruce says police went too far
John Nuttall and Amanda Korody will be set free after a B.C. Supreme Court judge entered a stay of proceedings in their terror plot entrapment case, overturning their convictions.
The common-law couple were found guilty by a jury of conspiring to murder persons unknown and making or possessing an explosive substance for planting pressure cooker bombs outside the B.C. Legislature in 2013.
Both were facing a sentence of life in prison.
But their defence team argued before the Supreme Court that the couple had been entrapped by the RCMP and were not capable of carrying out a terrorist plot on their own.
In her ruling, Justice Catherine Bruce said police went too far and used trickery and subterfuge to manipulate the pair.
She also said the two did not have the mental capacity to have planned and carried out the plot themselves.
Bruce described Nuttall and Korody as “frightened” and “marginalized,”.
She said the RCMP used that to their advantage, aiding and abetting the pair, and going to “enormous effort” to get them to carry out the plan, including providing inducements like an elaborate escape plan and offers of jobs.