Aydin Coban hearing: Crown recommends 12 years in prison
44-year-old Dutchman Aydin Coban has been convicted of five counts in connection with the cyberbullying case of Amanda Todd, a British Columbia teenager who took her own life in 2012.
Prosecutors have recommended a 12-year sentence for Dutchman Aydin Coban during his sentencing hearing in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Aydin Coban has been found guilty of leading a campaign of online harassment and extortion against Amanda Todd, a teenager who committed suicide in 2012.
Crown attorneys began by describing the harassment as calculated, cruel and with devastating consequences. They also stressed the need to protect other children from the morally repugnant abuse of Aydin Corban.
As the defendant was convicted of similar crimes in the Netherlands and shows no interest in rehabilitation, prosecutors consider him to be at high risk of reoffending.
For For these reasons, the Crown is suggesting maximum sentences for each of the counts for which the defendant was found guilty, explains prosecutor Louise Kenworthy.
In early August, a British Columbia Supreme Court jury found Aydin Coban, 44, guilty of three counts of extortion, harassment and attempted luring. child online as well as two counts of possession of child pornography.
Aydin Coban faces up to 10 years in prison for harassment and life in prison for extortion. He had pleaded not guilty to those counts.
Before her suicide in 2012, young Amanda Todd, from Port Coquitlam, posted a video online in which she explained that she was the victim of a long blackmail campaign by someone she met on the Internet.
For almost three years, the teenager had suffered the torment of Aydin Coban who then used 22 different pseudonyms to harass her on the Internet.
The court found that he sent more than 700 messages on four different platforms to Amanda and her close friends between 2009 and 2012.
In what Crown attorneys said were four separate episodes, the defendant threatened to send pornographic images of the teenager to her friends, family and school principal if she refused. to put on a show in front of a webcam.
When the teenager refused, the defendant followed through on his threats. The court also proved that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police could not find Aydin Coban's messages before the death of Amanda Todd because he used private networks, stolen wifi and other measures to hide his IP address.
Amanda Todd's mother Carol Todd speaks to the press ahead of the announcement Aydin Coban's verdict.
Amanda Todd's mother attended Coban's nine-week trial every day. She will present a victim impact statement to the court during the sentencing hearing, which is expected to last four days.
Before Coban was extradited, a Dutch court had sentenced him to nearly 11 years in prison for crimes unrelated to the young Canadian. He was convicted in the Netherlands of online fraud and extortion of dozens of young girls and several gay men.
In September, Monique St Germain, a lawyer at the Canadian Center for Child Protection, explained that the case of Aydin Coban can set an important precedent, because reports of online crimes against children are increasing.
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