Crown Begins Closing Argument in Trial for Dutch Man Accused of Extorting BC Teen

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
July 26, 2022 Updated: July 26, 2022

Crown and defence counsel have finished calling evidence in the British Columbia Supreme Court trial for the Dutch man accused of harassing and extorting teenager Amanda Todd before she died a decade ago.

Aydin Coban pleaded not guilty at the jury trial in New Westminster to charges of extortion, harassment, communication with a young person to commit a sexual offence and possessing child pornography.

Crown attorney Kristen LeNoble began closing arguments by telling jurors she would spend the next few days helping them “unpack” the evidence, including testimony from more than 30 witnesses and binders full of 80 exhibits.

By the time the Crown is finished, LeNoble says they will have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Coban was the person behind 22 separate online aliases used to harass and extort Todd with child pornography that depicted her.

LeNoble says Todd’s harassment began just before her 13th birthday when she received a message that threatened to send a video of her to friends, family and local media.

Crown prosecutor Louise Kenworthy told the jury at the start of the trial last month that the teenager from Port Coquitlam, B.C., had been the victim of a persistent campaign of online “sextortion” over three years before her death in October 2012.

Carol Todd testified that her daughter was scared when she brought messages to her mother’s attention, and Amanda’s distress increased with each incident.