The couple found guilty in a plot to bomb the legislature in 2013 is back in court tomorrow — trying to prove they were entrapped by police.
A jury found John Nuttall and Amanda Korody guilty on terror charges last month.
Former Crown Counsel – and current defense lawyer Rishi Gill says the trial has now entered an unusual second phase — where they will try and convince a judge the crime was an invention of police.
“They’re going to need to show basically this wouldn’t have happened — that they would have gone a different direction, that they would not have even moved forward, or that they would have basically said at some point we don’t want to do this and the police pushed them into doing it.”
Gill says it’s a hard argument to win.
They’ll need to prove it couldn’t have happened without police help.
“If there was improper behaviour on the part of the police that led the accused to do what they did. Basically they wouldn’t have done it except for the fact that the police pushed them into doing that.”
But he says the degree of police involvement — and how marginal the pair were — mean they do have a case.