Undercover cops provided money for accused B.C. duo damaged by addiction: lawyer

A defence lawyer has begun closing arguments in the case of two alleged B.C. terrorists accused of scheming to blow up the provincial legislature on Canada Day in 2013.

VANCOUVER — A defence lawyer has begun closing arguments in the case of two alleged B.C. terrorists accused of scheming to blow up the provincial legislature on Canada Day in 2013.

John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were charged with planning to plant homemade pressure-cooker bombs in Victoria after being caught in an elaborate RCMP sting.

Marilyn Sandford has suggested to a B.C. Supreme Court jury that Nuttall and his wife were damaged by addiction and enmeshed in poverty.

She says undercover officers posing as terrorist liaisons provided meaning to their lives while offering friendship and money.

Sandford says reassurances from undercover officers that the pair could walk away at any time were at odds with their repeated insistence that Nuttall come up with a feasible terrorist plot.

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

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