Carol Todd and daughter Amanda. (THE NEWS/files)

More court before Dutch man charged in Amanda Todd case is extradited here

Appeals must be dealt with in Europe, before charges faced in B.C.

A Dutch man accused of extorting Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd is back in court in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, next month, in what could be another step towards him facing charges in this country.

In Canada, Aydin Coban, 39, faces five charges connected to Todd, including extortion, possession of child pornography and attempting to lure a child online.

In May 2017, however, Coban was sentenced in the Netherlands to 10 years in prison for cyberbullying teen girls and gay men.

His extradition to Canada was also approved, but that cannot happen until Coban’s appeal of his earlier convictions in the Netherlands is heard in a Dutch court.

That starts Nov. 5 and will continue until Dec. 14.

According to Carol Todd’s Facebook page, Coban has announced that he will speak during the appeal. Carol Todd is Amanda’s mother.

Carol Todd said she’ll be following the case and awaiting for charges to proceed in Canada. Coban’s extradition to Canada has been approved by both governments, she added. But she’s wondering if there will be another challenge to that.

“So I’m just waiting to see if there’s anything else he can appeal.”

She thought that Amanda’s trial would be done in 2017.

“Now we’re heading into 2019. But I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it will happen when it happens. In the meantime, I’m just going to continue to get out there and talk and protect our kids and families that don’t belong to me. It’s important to me, right,” said Carol.

A story by Dutch writer Christel van der Meer in the Dutch publication Omroep Brabant said Coban wanted to show that others have used his computers for criminal practices. In 2017, he put a book online, in which he states that he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Amanda Todd drew global attention to cyberbullying when she posted a YouTube video recounting her ordeal. She later took her own life in October 2012 when she was 15.

Todd used to go to school in Maple Ridge. When she was in Grade 7, she was convinced by a stranger online to expose her breasts on her friend’s webcam.

That stranger used Todd’s image to blackmail her into providing him with more child pornography, threatening to send the nude photo to her friends and family unless she sent him more photos of herself.

When she didn’t comply, he made good on his promise.

Ridicule and humiliation would be constant companions for her after that.

Taunted by classmates at Westview secondary, she eventually changed to Maple Ridge secondary.

Todd and a male student at the school began a short-lived romantic relationship. When the boy’s girlfriend found out, the girlfriend and her friends bullied and taunted Amanda, eventually beating her up.

Midway through the school year, she transferred to Coquitlam Alternative Basic Education, in Coquitlam. However, cyber bullying from her peers in Maple Ridge continued.

Todd described how her life fell apart in a video she posted to YouTube a month before she took her own life.

Holding up hand-written placards, she recounted the events that would eventually lead to her own death.

Following her passing,

The Amanda Todd Legacy Society was started afterwards, a non-profit society that focuses on awareness and the well-being of individuals with respect to prevention and awareness relating to bullying, cyber abuse and internet safety, as well as resources and education that encourage mental wellness and healthy living.

– with files

Just Posted

Accused pleads not guilty as Trial opens in 2016 Chemainus murder

Colin John quietly entered not guilty pleas to both charges.

RCMP’s North Cowichan/Duncan detachment officers overwhelmed with accolades

“There is really some amazing work being done here in the Cowichan Valley”

Trial opens for accused in 2016 Chemainus murder

“I was soaked in blood from the neck down”: witness

Garage burns in Cobble Hill

Firefighters got call just after 5 a.m. on Monday

VIDEO: Two officers of B.C. Legislature escorted out amid investigation

Clerk of the House Craig James, Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz were placed on administrative leave

Late 2019 too long to wait for ridesharing: B.C. Conservatives

“While the rest of the world is embracing this transportation revolution, B.C. is only now staggering slowly toward legislation on a business model that’s been mainstreamed for over a decade in other jurisdictions.”

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

No deal in sight: Canada Post warns of delivery delays into January

Union holds fifth week of rotating strikes as both sides remain apart on contract negotiations

COLUMN: Higher interest rates will slow B.C. economy after ‘unusually robust’ show

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

Jason Aldean, Old Dominion to headline Merritt’s Rockin’ River concerts next summer

Four-day music festival at Coldwater River from Aug. 1 to 4

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Bovine tuberculosis found in cow on southern B.C. farm

CFIA said the disease was found during slaughter and they are investigating

Air force getting more planes but has no one to fly them, auditor warns

The report follows several years of criticism over the Trudeau government’s decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.

Most Read