Crown begins closing arguments in trial of Dutchman accused of extorting Amanda Todd

Crown and defense attorneys have finished presenting evidence in the B.C. Supreme Court trial for the Dutch man accused of harassing and extorting teenager Amanda Todd before her death there ten years.

Aydin Coban pleaded not guilty at the jury trial in New Westminster, British Columbia, to charges of extortion, harassment, communicating with a youth to commit a sexual offense and possession of child pornography.

Crown Attorney Kristen LeNoble began wrapping up the 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 pieces.

By the time The Crown is complete, LeNoble said, 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 said Todd’s harassment began just before her 13th birthday when she received a message threatening to send a video of herself to friends, family and local media.

Crown prosecutor Louise Kenworthy told the jury at the start of the trial last month that the Port Coquitlam, B.C. teenager had been the victim of a persistent three-year online ‘sextortion’ campaign before his death in October 2012.

Carol Todd testified that her daughter was frightened when carrying messages for her mother, and Amanda’s distress increased with each incident.