Amanda Todd case: Sentencing of Aydin Coban begins


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Ten years after her daughter died by suicide at age 15, Amanda Todd’s mom Carol delivered a sufferer influence assertion on the sentencing listening to for a Dutch man convicted of extorting and harassing the teenager.

The Crown is searching for a 12-year jail sentence for Aydin Coban. In August, a jury discovered Coban responsible of extortion, harassment, baby luring, possession of baby pornography, and possession of baby pornography for the aim of distribution. He was not charged in relation to Todd’s loss of life.

With a framed picture of Todd by her facet, Amanda’s mom advised the courtroom she wished she may maintain her yet another time, or have yet another dialog along with her.

“Amanda was once a vibrant child, and a curious young person,” Carol stated, and added her daughter wished to make a distinction. “It is her voice we must continue to hear.”

She additionally learn a press release from Todd’s older brother, who stated he would miss being an uncle to her kids and rising previous collectively.

Todd’s father Norm additionally addressed the courtroom, and stated he was consumed with grief after his daughter’s loss of life.

“My daughter deserved to have a happy, carefree childhood,” he stated. “Her tormentor filled her waking moments with fear, humiliation, anxiety, despair, and a desperation that should never be part of a young girl’s life.”


Before her loss of life in October 2012, Todd shared a video on-line which confirmed her holding up handwritten playing cards describing blackmail and bullying. That video was performed within the courtroom following the sufferer influence statements, with silent pictures of Todd filling the screens. Her last message reads: “I have nobody. I need someone.”

At the beginning of Coban’s sentencing listening to at New Westminster Supreme Court on Tuesday, prosecutor Louise Kenworthy stated the jail time period they’re requesting could be served consecutively to a sentence from the Netherlands he’s presently serving. Before his extradition to Canada in 2020, a Dutch courtroom sentenced Coban to virtually 11 years in jail for on-line fraud and blackmail involving dozens of younger women and homosexual males.

“It’s the Crown’s submission that the evidence before the courts demonstrates that Mr. Coban is unrepentant,” Kenworthy stated. ”He has been in custody for a lot of comparable offences since January 2014, and has proven no real interest in rehabilitation.”

Kenworthy stated the Extradition Act offers that by default, a Canadian jail sentence for an individual who has been briefly surrendered is to be served consecutively to a time period of imprisonment imposed elsewhere. However, she added the courtroom can also order the Canadian sentence to be served concurrently with the international sentence.

During the trial, the courtroom heard how Todd was tormented for years by numerous on-line accounts, asking her to carry out sexual acts on web-cam, and threatening to share specific pictures of her if she didn’t comply.

“The offences he committed were morally repugnant. His conduct was calculated, callous, and had devastating consequences,” Kenworthy stated. “It’s the Crown’s submission that Mr. Coban is at high risk to reoffend, and needs to be separated from society for a lengthy period of time to protect children.”

Kenworthy stated over a interval of greater than two years, Coban despatched over 700 messages on 4 completely different platforms, and a few third have been despatched to Todd. The relaxation have been despatched to her household, associates, and others.

The sentencing listening to is scheduled for 4 days.


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