Accused B.C. terrorist frets he wasn’t smart enough to carry out mission: trial

A jury has heard that the man accused of being the mastermind in a terrorist plot to blow up the B.C. legislature worried he wasn’t smart enough to carry out his mission.

VANCOUVER — A jury has heard that the man accused of being the mastermind in a terrorist plot to blow up the B.C. legislature worried he wasn’t smart enough to carry out his mission.

John Nuttall was recorded on hidden camera telling an undercover officer he had no doubts about going through with a terrorist attack, but he questioned his own intelligence and abilities.

In video played in B.C. Supreme Court recorded two months before the alleged attack, Nuttall says he wants to join a model rocketry club to learn how to build deadly weapons.

He says not a day goes by that he doesn’t think about his death and wonders openly whether he’ll die in a hail of bullets, by a grenade or locked up in a prison.

In the video, Nuttall is with an undercover officer and his wife and co-accused Amanda Korody on a return trip from a reconnaissance mission in Victoria.

Both Nuttall and Korody have pleaded not guilty to four terrorism-related charges.