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The trial of a Dutch man accused of harassing and extorting B.C. teen Amanda Todd before her death focused Thursday on the question of identity.
Aydin Coban, 44, has pleaded not guilty to five charges including possession of child pornography, communication with a young man to commit a sexual offense, and criminal assault.
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The court heard that Koban was arrested in a bungalow in Osterwijk, about 100 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam, where police confiscated several computers and hard drives, a Wi-Fi antenna and webcam.
On Thursday, the court heard the testimony of Dennis Wassenberg, whose family owns De Rosep Bungalow Park, where Coban was arrested.
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Wassenberg was shown a photo of Coban taken by police after his arrest, and was identified as the occupant of Bungalow 55.
He told the court that he had rented the same cabin to the same person on at least two occasions.
The man in the picture was the only person who had rented the bungalow just before his arrest, he testified.
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The name ‘Amanda Todd’ found on the hard drive seized from the accused’s cabin, the hearing was held
The court heard that Wasenberg lived three doors down from the bungalow that Coban had rented, and that the two chatted, talked or shook hands with each other on an almost daily basis.
During the cross-examination, the defense tried to raise doubts about whether Koban was the only one with access to the unit.
During interrogation with Coban’s attorney, Wasenberg agreed that there were trees and shrubs around the cabin, with enough vegetation that you couldn’t see the bungalow from the street.
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The gate of Bungalow Park was always open and no one would need a pass to gain entry, he agreed.
But when asked if he had ever discovered more than one person living in a unit when just one person rented it, Wasenberg said “very rarely,” adding that such The situation would have been noticed quickly.
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The case hinges on the question of the identity of Amanda Todd’s harasser.
Crown is trying to prove that Koban was the man who followed and sexually abused her using 22 online social media accounts between 2009 and 2012.
Crown alleged that Coban obtained a video of the teenager flashing her breasts, then used it to try and remove a porn web show. He also alleged that he had sent the video to friends, family and classmates.
The defense says there is no connection between Koban and the online extortionist, and that the Crown needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt who actually sent the messages Todd received.
Todd committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 15.
Shortly before his death, he posted a video of his ordeal on YouTube, which garnered worldwide attention and became a rallying cry against cyberbullying.
In the video, Todd quietly held a series of flashcards describing the suffering he had endured.
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