Prosecution today asked for 10 years and 8 months for #AydinC.
Today was the day that the prosecution team spoke in court and summarized their findings. They would request to the court their expectation of judgement for #AydinC.
Being able to listen to the summary of evidence for this trial was heart stopping. I was back at home in Vancouver for the beginning of the trial but being able to sit and listen to it in real time was emotionally wrenching. Hearing what he did to others and imagining that this was also what he put Amanda through made it more real.
This isn’t a crime drama that you see on TV nor read in a book. This is a true to life story that really happened. And this is why myself and other advocates keep saying to others – ‘This kind of story could happen to anyone’. The words aren’t meant to scare, but to forewarn of what can happen. This trial and the stories told are not enactments. They happened to real children and real adults. Victimized and traumatized. And hopefully over time, the mind and souls will carefully heal.
I have been asked what I think of the 10 year 8 month request for sentencing. I have seen comments posted about not enough time and he should be in jail forever. Yes, those are wishes but knowing the truths and possibilities, forever will never happen.
We may feel that AC deserves a longer sentence but that isn’t how the court system works out here nor in Canada. We can vent and wish, but not blame. The asking for the 10 years and 8 months is the longest possible that can be asked for. The prosecution team even stated that if it was possible, they would have asked for more time. Our energies should now be funnelled towards the final decision of the court judges – 3 of them. Whatever gets decided, AC will certainly appeal.
This coming Monday, the defence team will get their chance in speaking to the court. What will be asked for by this team can only be assumed. A plea of not guilty? Acquittal? We will have to wait and see.
After the final verdict in mid-March, we will be one step closer towards the trial of Amanda vs Aydin C. But not before a probable appeal. It is only after this plus a 100% approval for extradition to Canada is decided, that the wheels will be set in motion for the next chapter of the next trial.
Bittersweet will always be a word in my vocabulary. #Justice4Amanda and all the other victims.