Court hears accused terrorist blame faulty explosives for failed bombing

A man accused of plotting to blow up the British Columbia legislature laid the blame for the botched mission on faulty explosives, not the timers he set to detonate.

VANCOUVER — A man accused of plotting to blow up the British Columbia legislature laid the blame for the botched mission on faulty explosives, not the timers he set to detonate.

A jury watched video footage taken on Canada Day 2013 that shows John Nuttall telling an undercover officer over the phone that he is confident in the timers he put together on the three homemade pressure-cooker bombs.

The surveillance video shows Nuttall becoming increasingly agitated as the planned time for the detonation passes without news of an explosion.

Nuttall and his wife Amanda Korody face four terrorism-related charges. Their arrest was part of an elaborate undercover RCMP operation that lasted months.

The B.C. Supreme Court jury has heard that the two accused were recent converts to Islam and previously told undercover officers they wanted to avenge the mistreatment of Muslims in countries like Afghanistan.

They have both pleaded not guilty to all charges.