The mother of a B.C. teen who took her own life after being the target of child pornography and online extortion is speaking out, after new delays in her alleged tormentor’s case.
Aydin Coban’s is accused of using webcam video to torment and blackmail 39 young victims from several countries, including Port Coquitlam Teen Amanda Todd who took her own life in 2012.
His European trial is slated to begin tomorrow, but Dutch media report his latest lawyer has quit on the eve of the court date.
“It’s an emotional roller coaster for those families and victims. They need the closure to this, you can’t just keep starting-stopping-starting an emotional brain. And you’re talking about children.”
She adds that while stretching the process out is challenging for everyone involved, she hopes it can at least again raise the issue of online safety and possibly prevent another tragedy.
“It generates more discussion again, and it brings it back up. And it brings Amanda’s story up, and then dinner table conversations are happening and that’s what we want to see, because it opens the door for parents to talk to their kids about safety.””
Coban was slated to face extradition to Canada in mid-June for the the B.C. teen’s case specifically, but that may now be delayed.
Todd says she can’t allow herself to think in those terms.
“It’s already been years and years and years, so personally I can’t set myself up for hoping for a date right away, because if it doesn’t happen then I’ll be devastated. So it’s better just to not focus on it 100%.”
It’s not clear yet if Coban’s trial will begin as planned tomorrow, now that he lacks representation.