Hike sentence

Defense now seeks 2-year sentence, up from 6, for man who sexually exploited Amanda Todd



In this courtroom sketch, Aydin Coban is pictured at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster, B.C., Monday, June 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jane Wolsak


Defense now seeks 2-year sentence, up from 6, for man who sexually exploited Amanda Todd

Aydin Coban sentenced on charges related to Todd’s death






The defense lawyer for a man convicted of luring and sexually exploiting a B.C. teenage girl, Amanda Todd, has said a six-year sentence he originally sought should be reduced to two year.

Joseph Saulnier told a sentencing hearing in the Supreme Court of British Columbia that his client was already serving an 11-year sentence for similar offenses against 33 young victims in the Netherlands and that more time imprisonment would be “unduly harsh”.

Saulnier is now asking for a two-year sentence to be served after Aydin Coban’s Dutch sentence ends in August 2024, and says the Canadian sentence would be for the same wrongful conduct.

Judge Martha Devlin repeatedly questioned Saulnier’s reasoning, saying she was not bound by the Dutch regime and suggesting the offenses against Todd are a separate matter.

Coban was extradited to Canada to face trial in the Todd case and is serving his Dutch sentence at the North Fraser Pretrial Center in Port Coquitlam, Todd’s hometown.

Crown attorney Louise Kenworthy has called for a 12-year sentence to be served after Coban’s Dutch sentence ended, saying he tormented Todd online for more than two years and his conduct was a factor dominant in his suicide at age 15.

The Canadian Press

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