Amanda Todd trial: Witness describes renting Dutch bungalow to accused | Globalnews.ca

Amanda Todd trial: Witness describes renting Dutch bungalow to accused  | Globalnews.ca

2022-06-24 08:06:23

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The trial of a Dutch man accused of harassing and extorting B.C. teen Amanda Todd earlier than her loss of life continued to concentrate on the query of id on Thursday.

Aydin Coban, 44, has pleaded not responsible to 5 fees together with possession of little one pornography, communication with a teenager to commit a sexual offence, and legal harassment.

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The court docket has heard Coban was arrested in a bungalow in Oisterwijk, about 100 km southeast of Amsterdam, the place police seized quite a few computer systems and laborious drives, a Wi-Fi antenna and webcam.

On Thursday, the court docket heard testimony from Dennis Wassenberg whose household owns the De Rosep bungalow park the place Coban was arrested.

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Aydin Coban trial hears defence query actions of Dutch police

Wassenberg was proven a photograph of Coban taken by police after his arrest, and recognized it as being the occupant of Bungalow 55.

He advised the court docket he had rented the identical cabin to the identical man on at the least two events.

The person within the photograph was the one one that had rented the bungalow instantly previous to the arrest, he testified.

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The court docket heard that Wassenberg lived three doorways down from the bungalow Coban had rented, and that the 2 had interacted on a nearly-daily foundation, chatting or waving to 1 one other.

Throughout cross examination, defence sought to lift doubts about whether or not Coban was the one one with entry to the unit.

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Underneath questioning from Coban’s lawyer, Wassenberg agreed that there have been bushes and bushes across the cabin, with sufficient vegetation that you possibly can not see the bungalow from the road.


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First take a look at intensive proof seized throughout Amanda Todd investigation

The bungalow park’s gate was all the time open and an individual wouldn’t require a go to realize entry, he agreed.

However when requested if he had ever found a couple of individual residing in a unit when only one individual had rented it, Wassenberg stated “fairly hardly ever,” including that such a state of affairs would have been seen shortly.

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The case hinges on the query of the id of Amanda Todd’s tormentor.

Crown is searching for to show Coban was the one who used 22 on-line social media accounts to stalk and sexually blackmail her between 2009 and 2012.

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Crown alleges Coban obtained video of the teenager flashing her breasts, then used it to attempt to extort her into performing pornographic net exhibits. It additionally alleges he despatched the video to buddies, household and schoolmates.

Defence maintains there isn’t any hyperlink between Coban and the net extortionist, and that Crown must show past an affordable doubt who truly despatched the messages Todd obtained.

Todd took her personal life in 2012 on the age of 15.

Not lengthy earlier than her loss of life, she posted a video to YouTube chronicling her ordeal, which gained worldwide consideration and have become a rallying cry in opposition to cyberbullying.

Within the video, Todd silently held up a collection of flashcards describing the torment she endured.

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