Amanda Korody, John Nuttall: Mixed Reports of Canada Day Terror Suspects

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Friday, 05 Jul 2013 11:37 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Amanda Korody and her boyfriend John Nuttall, the Canada Day terror plot suspects, have been described as "really, really nice people" with limited means by some who knew them while others say they had plenty of money and could be heard "talking about jihad."

The conflicting descriptions are among the many mysteries surrounding the two individuals arrested earlier this week by police for their alleged involvement in an al-Qaida inspired bombing attempt during Canada Day celebrations this past Monday.

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The Canadian couple is accused of plotting to use pressure cookers as improvised explosive devices packed with rusted nails, nuts, bolts, and washers, CBC News reported.

The alleged terror plot foiled by police is reminiscent of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and wounded more than 180 people on April 15.

As authorities investigate the purported terrorist plot, contradicting details about the couple are beginning to emerge from friends and neighbors of the pair.

Nuttall, 38, lives with his girlfriend Korody, who is believed to be either 28 or 29 years of age.

Daryl Nelson, Nuttall's best friend, described the suspect as having the mentality of a 16-year-old and questioned how he could have possibly carried out the plot.

"He didn't have the money, didn't have the transportation. He didn't have the means," Nelson told CBC News. "Where did he get the knowledge and the mentality to do this?"

Nelson said Nuttall was booted from a Surrey mosque six months earlier because he disagreed with how the house of worship interpreted the Qur'an.

Nelson added that Nuttall spent an increasing amount of time with several of his so-called "Muslim brothers," one of whom got him a job delivering packages for a local furniture store.

The couple's landlord said the two had limited means and questioned how they could finance the alleged bomb plot, CBC News reported.

Whereas Nelson and the landlord described a Nutall as someone who was often low on money, another friend, Randy Tetzlaff, told CBC News that the terror suspect had plenty of money and would often spend it on paintball gear, at times spending $100 on a cab ride to play a game.

An unidentified mutual friend of Nuttall and Korody described the couple as "really, really nice people" to CBC News, while another neighbor said he had heard Nuttall once yelling into his cell phone and "talking about jihad."

Korody's former close friend of 10 years, Jeffrey Rossetto, told CBC News that the "Amanda that I knew and the Amanda that I met in St. Catharines back in 2000, 2001 is a bright, intelligent, creative, intuitive, gentle and kind young woman who had a really vast interest in art and film and culture and music."

A musician and artist himself, Rossetto said Korody was a young woman who desperately tried to fit in.

"She expressed about five years ago that she was kind of interested in converting to Islam," Rossetto told CBC News. "Before she was doing that she was trying to be in a band. And before that, she was trying to be like a fashion model. And before that, she was just basically always trying to find or trying to assume some type of identity that would give her some kind of feeling of a purpose or some kind of a place in the world."

Despite losing touch with Korody several years ago, Rossetto contends that if she is responsible, she was simply a "victim of circumstance" who had been misguided by those close to her.

"It seems that she's been either led astray or that she's led herself astray as a result of being so impressionable," Rossetto added.

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