Amanda Todd feared that Aydin C., who had cunningly managed to get his hands on nude images of her, would never stop blackmailing her. The Dutch suspect, who has been on trial in Canada for weeks, has been charged because he drove the 15-year-old girl to despair. Todd finally committed suicide ten years ago.
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The suspect has already been convicted in the Netherlands.
Ⓒ Illustration Petra Urban
Canadian media poured themselves into the six-week trial. The British Columbian teen took her own life after posting a video on YouTube that said she had been blackmailed with images of her naked body. Her video, in which she did not speak but showed numerous A4 pages with texts on it, went viral and caused a worldwide shock. The 43-year-old Aydin C. was extradited by the Netherlands to the North American country two years ago to stand trial. His trial, which will take six weeks, is in the final phase.
Todd feared that the person who harassed and extorted her would continue to do so for the rest of her life, and there was nothing she could do to stop it, attorney general (in Canada, this person represents the federal government in lawsuits) Kristen LeNoble to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
LeNoble showed the court a Facebook post that read, “I feel so sad, I feel so sick.” The Port Coquitlam teenager had previously written a message asking people to support her and not condemn her, because she feared her attacker was about to spread sexual images of her. “This is such a horrible feeling for me,” the Attorney General read. “What I did was very stupid, but people make mistakes.” Todd spoke of a “sick pedophile” stalking her.
The attorney general told the jury at C.’s trial that the defendant had threatened to spread links to her family, friends and classmates with the footage unless she performed a series of sexual “shows” on a web camera. C. has always stated that he is innocent of extortion, bringing in/distributing and being in possession of child pornography, intimidation, and grooming (digital child baiting). His attorney Joseph Saulnier previously emphasized “that his client should not be charged with involvement in the death of Amanda Todd.” He is not suspected of that.
Justice has succeeded in uncovering a lot of evidence. For example, 22 aliases used to harass Todd are linked to C.. The extortion began just before Todd turned 13 in November 2009, LeNoble said. Deleted files have also been recovered that refer to the sexual extortion. The officer’s plea has now been concluded. The jury will shortly consider a verdict.
The suspect has already been convicted in the Netherlands. In 2018, he was sentenced to almost 11 years in prison for digital stalking and blackmailing 33 then underage girls and an adult girl, defrauding four gay men and attempting to do so.