The Dutch man convicted of sexually extorting and harassing B.C. teenager Amanda Todd has been sentenced to 13 years in jail.
Aydin Coban discovered his destiny in New Westminster Supreme Court on Friday, a decade after Todd’s suicide prompted a nationwide dialog about cybersecurity and on-line bullying.
“Ruining Amanda’s life was Mr. Coban’s expressly acknowledged aim, and was sadly one which he achieved,” Justice Martha Devlin mentioned whereas handing down her sentence.
“Mr. Coban intentionally took benefit of a susceptible and harmless younger lady.”
Weeks earlier than Todd’s dying, the younger Port Coquitlam resident posted a YouTube video detailing how she had been focused and laid low with a stranger on the web.
She took her personal life on Oct. 10, 2012, on the age of 15.
Speaking outdoors courtroom on Friday, the deceased’s mom praised the decide for imposing a strict sentence and sending the message that those that victimize kids on the web can be held accountable.
“This will make a distinction on this planet,” mentioned Carol Todd, who turned an anti-bullying advocate after her daughter’s dying. “I’ve to hope that Amanda’s watching from someplace to see what her voice did for everybody.”
Coban, who has been in custody for the final eight years, was discovered responsible in August on a number of fees relating to Amanda Todd’s harassment, together with youngster luring and possession of kid pornography.
The 44-year-old can also be serving a sentence of just about 11 years within the Netherlands for comparable offences, with just below two years remaining behind bars.
Coban’s defence had requested Devlin to contemplate both a six-year sentence that might be served concurrently together with his sentence within the Netherlands, or a two-year sentence that might be served consecutively, arguing something extra could be unduly harsh.
“When we’re taking a look at deterrents and denunciation, the first rules of sentencing for these kinds of offences, in my submission we are able to take into consideration the Dutch sentence,” defence lawyer Joe Saulnier advised the courtroom Wednesday.
The sufferer’s mom referred to as the defence’s suggestion “laughable.”
Ultimately, Devlin’s sentence exceeded even the 12 years the Crown had been asking for within the case. Coban’s 13 years in (*13*) jail can be served consecutively with the remaining years on his Dutch sentence, which means he now faces roughly 15 extra years of imprisonment.
“I’m not assured that rehabilitation is a viable choice for him right now,” Justice Devlin mentioned.
Coban is predicted to be returned to the Netherlands quickly, underneath the phrases of the short-term give up settlement between authorities in each international locations, the B.C. Prosecution Service mentioned.
The courtroom heard Todd was tormented for years by varied on-line accounts, starting when she was simply 12 years previous. She was requested to carry out sexual acts on webcam, and advised specific photos of her could be shared on-line if she refused to comply, prosecutors mentioned.
A topless photograph of Todd was ultimately uploaded onto Facebook, the place it was seen by her classmates and household.
In her 2012 YouTube video, wherein Todd held up a sequence of flashcards, the distraught teenager recounted being bullied and ostracized at college after the picture was shared on-line.
“I can by no means get that photograph again,” she wrote. “It’s on the market ceaselessly.”
The teenager’s father advised reporters he had been hoping for a powerful rebuke for Coban, and was happy with the end result of the case.
“Everybody pulled collectively and we acquired by means of to the decide and set a very excessive precedent,” Norman Todd mentioned. “I hope (Amanda) sees we acquired her some justice.”
With recordsdata from CTV News Vancouver’s Maria Weisgarber