Accused B.C. terrorist describes killing women, children as collateral damage

A man on trial for plotting to blow up the B.C. legislature on Canada Day says killing women and children is OK as long as it isn’t done on purpose.

VANCOUVER — A man on trial for plotting to blow up the B.C. legislature on Canada Day says killing women and children is OK as long as it isn’t done on purpose.

In recordings played for a A B.C. Supreme Court jury, John Nuttall is heard describing the unintended killings as collateral damage.

The audio was captured in May 2013, a month before the planned Canada Day bombing, and Nuttall is heard saying Muslim women and children are killed by western forces all the time in the Middle East.

An undercover officer recorded Nuttall while they drove around Victoria doing reconnaissance for possible attack targets.

Nuttall’s arrest was the result of a months-long undercover police sting.

He and his wife and co-accused Amanda Korody have pleaded not guilty to four terrorism-related charges.