Amanda Todd case: Sentencing to wrap up


New Westminster, B.C. –

A Dutch man convicted of extorting and harassing Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd will be taught his sentence on Friday.

New Westminster Supreme Court Justice Martha Devlin stated she would start delivering Aydin Coban’s sentence at 1 p.m.

On the ultimate day of Coban’s sentencing listening to, the 44-year-old’s defence lawyer requested the courtroom to keep in mind his current sentence from the Netherlands, and take into account a consecutive sentence of two years.

Coban was discovered responsible by a jury in August on a number of prices associated to the web sextortion of Todd, together with youngster luring and possession of kid pornography. He can be presently serving a sentence from the Netherlands of just about 11 years for related offences. The courtroom has heard that sentence is ready to finish in 2024. Coban has been in custody since 2014.

The Crown is asking for 12 years, to be served consecutively to the Dutch sentence.

Coban’s authorized counsel Joe Saulnier instructed the courtroom as of Wednesday, Coban had served about eight years and 9 months of his Dutch sentence, with slightly below two years left. He requested the courtroom to take into account both a concurrent sentence of six years, or cut back it to a two-year consecutive sentence.

“When we’re looking at deterrents and denunciation, the primary principles of sentencing for these types of offences, in my submission we can take into account the Dutch sentence,” Saulnier stated. “The Crown argues Mr. Coban needs to be sent a message that this type of offending carries signifiant consequences. He’s been sent that message.”

At one level, Justice Martha Devlin instructed Saulnier she was “not bound by the Dutch regime”.

“This is a Canadian court,” she stated. “And I’m governed by sentencing in Canada.”

Outside courtroom, Amanda’s father Norm stated he’s hoping for a excessive sentence.

“Just for some justice for Amanda, and also I know it’s precedent setting,” he stated. “I want a strong precedent out there to reduce this happening in the world.”

He additionally expressed reduction the sentencing is on the horizon, and thanked the Crown and the police for his or her work on the case.

“I’m excited…that we’re going to get some closure to it,” he stated. “It’s been a long journey.”

Amanda’s mom Carol stated the defence suggestion of a two-year consecutive sentence is “laughable”.

“That should never even be put on the table,” she stated. “He crushed the lives of Amanda, and 34 other young people. They have trauma for the rest of their lives. I have no sympathy for defence, for Mr. Coban.”

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

On Wednesday, prosecutor Louise Kenworthy stated Coban first focused Todd when she was 12 years previous, and waged a “two-year campaign” in opposition to her. She referred to as Coban’s conduct a “dominant cause” of Todd’s suicide, a characterization which the defence is disputing.

“He was well aware of the profound psychological and emotional harm his actions were causing to her. Ruining Amanda’s life was one of his professed objectives,” Kenworthy stated. “Amanda experienced anxiety and depression, turned to alcohol and substance use, lost friendships, and found herself unable to create many new ones while she was alive.”

Todd was 15 years previous on the time of her suicide in October 2012. Before she died, she created a video the place she silently held up flashcards which described experiences of blackmail and bullying. The video was performed within the courtroom on Tuesday, with photos of the teenager filling the screens across the room.

The Crown can be asking for an order prohibiting Coban from accessing on-line social media websites, chatrooms, or creating profiles on such websites, in addition to utilizing the Internet to talk with anybody below the age of 18 (except they’re a member of the family) for a interval of 15 years.


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