A picture of Aydin Coban.
Odd news coming out of Holland, so I’ll have to speculate a bit.
I think that he might be a bit strange in the head. This is a complete shot in the dark, but I think he might be the type of person who enjoys being in prison. If he is a loner and was living in some sort of dump in Tilburg, there’s every possibility that life in prison would be comfortable, e.g. warmth, companionship, three meals a day, an ordered existence. He has stated that he really doesn’t mind being incarcerated and finds it quite enjoyable.
We didn’t know the reason why Aydin dismissed his lawyer, but it looks now as if he is just prolonging the whole thing. He stated that he wanted a lawyer who wasn’t a ‘puppet’, e.g. a lawyer chosen by him and not by the State. Apparently, any new lawyer would have to go through 25,000 (!!) pages of evidence so this would delay the case.
Some people will say that he’s just trying to delay the inevitable conviction, but I doubt it. He’s already been in the nick for about two years. I’m guessing that if he was convicted, he might get up to 10 years in jail, which would end up being much less after good behaviour, but going by past trials like this there’s every chance that he would get a much shorter sentence. I speculate that he’s just playing games – not to delay prison, but to delay getting his case thrown out and having to return to his miserable existence in real life.
However, his ex-lawyer has now quite plainly stated:
That’s confusing. The keylogger information was, as far as I know, permitted as evidence and it was just a red herring as far as the Court was concerned. However, before anyone gets excited, remember that the keylogger recorded all data from 2013 onwards. Just in case anyone has forgotten, Amanda Todd was dead by then, so it’s unlikely that Aydin was blackmailing her around that time.
Anyways. Here’s the Dutch schedule for the court case:
Whatever happens, it looks like busy times ahead.
I may get in touch with one of the victims to see if I can glean any more information.