Dutch man found guilty in Amanda Todd cyberbullying case

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Dutchman convicted ; guilty in the cyberbullying case of Amanda Todd

Teenager Amanda Todd took her own life on October 10, 2012 after an online blackmail campaign that lasted three years.

At the Supreme Court of British Columbia, a jury finds Dutchman Aydin Coban guilty of carrying out a campaign of online harassment and extortion against a teenager, Amanda Todd, who committed suicide at the age of 15.

Jurors in New Westminster found him guilty of three counts of extortion, harassment and attempted child luring online as well as two counts of possession of child pornography. Aydin Coban had pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Deliberations began on Friday after a 38-day trial in the British teenager's cyberbullying case. -colombian.

Before her death, Amanda Todd, from 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.

The mother of the victim, Carol Todd, sat in the back row of the courtroom as the verdict was read. When Mr. Coban entered the room, she changed her position so that she could see him. She reacted emotionally to each guilty verdict.

Prior to the verdict, she said she looked forward to such a conviction. If I don't hear that word "guilty" five times, I will be angry and extremely disappointed, she had said.

Amanda Todd's mother , Carol Todd, speaks to the press before the announcement of the verdict on Aydin Coban.

She was present every day of the trial, sitting at the back of the courtroom, a few meters from the defendants' box, where Aydin Coban had his back to her.

The culprit, who was wearing a button-up dark blue shirt, showed little emotion as the verdict was read.

BC Supreme Court Justice Martha Devlin had spent Friday giving his final instructions.

She had reminded jurors that they should be aware of the limitations of the evidence presented, including the fact that Amanda Todd could neither testify nor be cross-examined. The jurors therefore had to carefully examine the statements that the teenager had made to her parents and the police as well as in electronic communications.

Dutchman Aydin Coban, 44, has been convicted of five counts in the cyberbullying case of Amanda Todd, a British Columbia teenager who took her own life in 2012.

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The Crown spent the trial trying to prove that it was Aydin Covan who harassed and robbed the teenager through various social media accounts. She used the evidence that was found on the devices seized from the accused.

For his part, Aydin's lawyer Coban had argued that there were only fragments of computer data insufficient to link the 44-year-old Dutch man to the harassment and extortion suffered by Amanda Todd.

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With information from Eva Uguen -Csenge et de The Press Canadian

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