Canada bombing suspect's past: A tale of violence, drugs, punk music

Wed Jul 3, 2013 7:34pm EDT
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By Nicole Mordant and Jennifer Kwan

SURREY, British Columbia (Reuters) - One of the suspects in a Canadian bomb plot is a former drug user with a history of violence, a self-styled "Muslim Punk" who also wrote songs about his love for Satan.

Descriptions of John Nuttall by four people who knew him, combined with court records and his own postings online, portray a sometimes troubled man on the margins of society.

Police have charged Nuttall and companion Amanda Korody with trying to set off three home-made pressure cooker bombs in a crowd celebrating the July 1 Canada Day holiday in Victoria, the capital of the Pacific province of British Columbia.

Police said the pair drew inspiration from al Qaeda and described them as self-radicalized. Officials told reporters on Tuesday the authorities had always been in control of the situation and had made sure the devices could not explode.

Police did not give more details and would not say whether they had infiltrated the cell.

Tom Morino, the couple's lawyer, told Reuters he had spoken to both clients on Monday. He said he had known Nuttall for 10 years and always found him to be "a pleasant, polite, thoughtful, generous individual", albeit one with problems.

"(He had) some emotional issues, some addiction issues ... It is on the public record he had an addiction to illicit drugs for a while and struggled with that," Morino said.

Nuttall, born in 1974, and Korody, born in 1983, will remain in jail until their next court hearing on July 9. Morino said the two were in a relationship.   Continued...

The exterior of the apartment rented to suspects John Nuttall and Amanda Korody is pictured in Surrey, British Columbia July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Andy Clark