Dutch court reduces sentence of Amanda Todd’s extortionist

More than a decade after 15-year-old Canadian Amanda Todd took her own life, a Dutch court has reduced the sentence of the man convicted of the crime, Aydin Coban, from 13 to six years in a Dutch jail.

Coban had been convicted in British Columbia of charges including the extortion and harassment of Amanda Todd, after he blackmailed her online and she eventually committed suicide. He was sentenced by the Canadian court to 13 years in prison.

But the condition of his Canadian trial was that he be returned to the Netherlands to serve his sentence, where he was already serving a separate 11-year sentence for similar charges involving the online extortion of 33 other people.

The Amsterdam district court has been grappling for months with converting the Canadian sentence to a Dutch one, with prosecutors asking for 4.5 years and defence lawyer Robert Malewicz requesting no addition jail time.

Appeal

“I am going upstairs to appeal right now,” Malewicz said after Thursday’s short hearing.

“The principal legal point that needs to be taken into account is that he’s already been sentenced in the Netherlands to the maximum penalty. That needs to be considered with the sentencing conversion, and it hasn’t been followed. So, there’s only one option we still have—to go to the Supreme Court.”

Coban’s 11-year sentence ends next year, and, for now, the six years he was sentenced to Thursday will be served after that.

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