Aydin Coban sentencing hearing delayed due to COVID-19

By Dean Recksiedler and Emily Marsten

The sentencing hearing for Aydin Coban, the man found guilty of harassing B.C. teenager Amanda Todd, has been delayed because the lead Crown prosecutor has COVID-19.

The hearing was set to begin on Tuesday in New Westminster.

The judge has now pushed the hearing into next month, starting on Oct.11.

Last month, a B.C. Supreme Court jury found Coban, a 44-year-old Dutch man, guilty of harassing Todd in the years before her suicide.

Todd was 15 years old when she took her own life in October of 2012.

The Port Coquitlam teen’s death came soon after she posted a heart-breaking YouTube video that described what her life was like being tormented by an online harasser.

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Coban was convicted on a number of charges, including extortion, harassment, communication with a young person to commit a sexual offence, and possession and distribution of child pornography.

Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, was expected to deliver a victim impact statement this week.

In the years following Amanda’s death, Carol has become an advocate for prevention and awareness of topics like bullying and internet safety through her organization the Amanda Todd Legacy Society.

With Files from Charlie Carey and Andrew Cowie 

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