Accused terrorist proposed training with paintball guns to take hostages: trial

A court has heard that a man accused of plotting to blow up the B.C. legislature wanted to use paintball guns to practise a hostage-taking scenario in the days leading up to his planned Canada Day attack.

VANCOUVER — A court has heard that a man accused of plotting to blow up the B.C. legislature wanted to use paintball guns to practise a hostage-taking scenario in the days leading up to his planned Canada Day attack.

Video played for a jury on Monday shows John Nuttall telling an undercover officer that paintball is useful as a training tool, especially using red paint to mimic blood.

In the video, Nuttall and the officer talk about finding guns for the proposed attack.

Nuttall rejects the idea of buying an Israeli-made firearm, because he says the money would wind up in the pocket of a Jew.

Nuttall and his wife Amanda Korody each face four terrorism-related charges for allegedly conspiring to set off pressure-cooker bombs in Victoria in 2013.

Both have pleaded not guilty and their trial is scheduled to run into June.