Judge instructs jury before deliberation in BC teen online blackmail case

This courtroom sketch depicts Aydin Coban at the BC Supreme Court in New Westminster, British Columbia on June 6, 2022. (The Canadian Press/Jane Wolsak)

In the trial of a Dutch man charged with harassing and blackmailing teenage Amanda Todd, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge told jurors to “pay special attention” to the teen’s statements. I got

Judge Martha Devlin said that because Todd died in October 2012, did not testify, and was unable to be cross-examined in Aydin Coban’s trial, the jury must be aware of the limitations of the evidence given. Said there was.

In his final instructions before the deliberations began, Mr Devlin said that when Mr Todd considered Mr Coban’s verdict, he should carefully consider the statements Mr Todd made in his electronic communications to his parents, police officers, and her. said that there is

At the start of his trial two months ago, Cobain pleaded not guilty to extortion, harassment, communicating with young people to commit sexual crimes, and possession and distribution of child pornography.

Before summarizing the evidence and testimony provided during the 38-day trial, Devlin cautiously stated that Covan was not charged with Todd’s death.

Attorney Louise Kenworthy told jurors in opening statements that Todd was the victim of a constant campaign of online “sextortion” before he died at the age of 15.

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