The jury in a B.C. Supreme Court trial of a man charged with harassing and extorting teenager Amanda Todd has now reached a verdict.
It took less than two days to reach a guilty verdict for five charges.
A brief pause for the jury occurred Saturday afternoon, as there were questions for counsel, who were summoned back into the courtroom. The jury reached their verdict only two hours after the break.
Aydin Coban, 44, pleaded not guilty to five charges, including possession of child pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and communication with a young person to commit a sexual offence. The jury found him guilty on all five counts.
Justice Martha Devlin provided instructions to the jury before deliberations began, telling them to take “special care” with the statements given by Amanda Todd before her death.
Devlin said because Todd died in October 2012 and therefore did not testify or face cross-examination by Aydin Coban’s lawyers, the jury needs to be aware of the limitations of evidence given. Jury members were told to carefully examine the statements Todd gave to her parents, police officers and in her electronic communications when they considered Coban’s verdict.
Amanda Todd was 15 years old when she died by suicide in 2012 after posting a video that described being tormented by an online harasser. Since her death, millions of people have watched the video.
Coban was extradited from the Netherlands to Canada in 2020.
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Jury decides fate of accused in B.C. Amanda Todd sextortion case
— With files from Canadian Press
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