The jury in a British Columbia Supreme Court trial of a man accused of harassing and extorting teenager Amanda Todd has now returned a verdict.
It took less than two days to reach a guilty verdict on five counts.
A brief recess for the jury took place on Saturday afternoon as there were questions for the attorneys, who were called into the courtroom. The jury delivered its verdict just two hours after the break.
Aydin Coban, 44, has pleaded not guilty to five counts, including possession of child pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and communicating with a young person to commit a sexual offence. The jury found him guilty on all five counts.
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Judge Martha Devlin instructed the jury before deliberations began, telling them to pay “particular attention” to statements made by Amanda Todd before her death.
Devlin said that since Todd died in October 2012 and therefore did not testify or undergo cross-examination by Aydin Coban’s lawyers, the jury should be aware of the limitations of the evidence given. Jury members were asked to carefully consider statements Todd made to his parents, to police officers and in his email communications when considering Coban’s verdict.
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Amanda Todd was 15 when she took her own life in 2012 after posting a video describing being tormented by an online stalker. Since his death, millions of people have watched the video.
Coban was extradited from the Netherlands to Canada in 2020.
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— With Canadian Press files
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