Dutchman found guilty in Amanda Todd case sentenced to 13 years in prison

Dutch man convicted in Amanda Todd case sentenced to 13 years in prison prison

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Aydin Coban was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the New Westminster Supreme Court on Friday, a decade after the suicide of Amanda Todd sparked a national wake-up call on cybersecurity and bullying online. 

“He destroyed the lives of Amanda and 34 other young people. They are traumatized for the rest of their lives,” the victim's mother said.

The sentence exceeds the 12 years that the Crown had sought in the case, reported “CTV News”. The 13-year sentence will be served consecutively with the remaining years of Mr. Coban's Dutch sentence, meaning he now faces around 15 more years in prison.

“Ruining Amanda's life was his goal and unfortunately he achieved it,” Judge Devlin said. Mr. Coban deliberately took advantage of a vulnerable young girl.”

The court heard that Amanda Todd had been tormented for years by various online accounts, starting when she was 12 years old. She was asked to perform sex acts on webcam and told that explicit images of her would be shared online if she refused to comply, prosecutors said.

A boobs photo Todd's nudes were eventually posted on Facebook, where they were seen by classmates and family, the court heard.

The 44-year-old was accused of using 22 pseudonyms online to harass Amanda Todd in four “episodes”.

In August, the jury found Aydin Coban guilty of five counts, including possession of child pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and communicating with a young person to commit a sexual offence, at the trial in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Amanda Todd committed suicide on October 10, 2012, at the age of 15.

Aydin Coban was extradited to Canada in 2020.