A Surrey couple has been found guilty by a jury of plotting to blow up the BC Legislature with pressure-cooker bombs on Canada Day two years ago.
John Nuttall and Amanda Korody are convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and possession of an explosive substance on behalf of a terrorist group.
The jury listened to the evidence for more than four months, including reams of surveillance video shot by undercover police officers.
They began deliberations on Sunday, and word they had reached a verdict came back at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Prosecutor Peter Eccles was asked what kind of sentence he will seek.
“It will be substantial, we are probably looking in the 20 to 30 year range by the time it is all said and done. It is a conspiracy to murder persons unknown, many persons unknown that requires a very, very serious sentence.”
But the case is far from over.
The convictions won’t be entered until the defence has an opportunity to argue that police abused their powers, and entrapped the pair during an elaborate sting operation.
Nuttal’s lawyer is Marilyn Sandford: “The RCMP manufactured this crime, and that is not permissible in our law.”
Lawyers for Nuttall and Korody maintain the two were manipulated by RCMP, and there was no way they could have hatched any kind of even moderately sophisticated plot on their own.
They suggest RCMP entrapped the two.
But the Crown doesn’t think that argument will be a success, and attributes the guilty verdict to “good old-fashioned police work.”
The defence’s arguments will be heard in July, while a meeting will be held on June 9th to set the date.