Aydin Coban sentencing hearing postponed

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A sketch of Aydin Coban made by a Dutch court artist in 2017

The sentencing hearing for Dutchman Aydin Coban, convicted last month of carrying out an online harassment and extortion campaign against teenager Amanda Todd, was due to begin in Provincial Court on Tuesday. of British Columbia, New Westminster.

It will eventually be rescheduled to October 11-14 because Crown Attorney Louise Kenworthy has contracted COVID-19.< /p>

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 had pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Before his suicide in 2012, young Amanda Todd, of Port Coquitlam, posted a video online in which she explained that she was the victim of a long blackmail campaign from a person she met on the Internet.

The maximum penalty for harassment is 10 years in prison, and for extortion, it is life imprisonment.

Monique St. Germain, lawyer at the Canadian Center for Child Protection, believes that the case of Aydin Coban can set an important precedent, especially as reports of online crimes against children are on the rise, she says.

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