A Nova Scotia businessman whose sexual abuse convictions were overturned in Canada has reportedly been sentenced to a seven-year jail term by a Nepalese court for molesting a boy.
Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, 71, was also handed a fine of one million Nepalese rupees, reported the Hindustan Times. That's equivalent to $12,600 Canadian.
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"MacIntosh had come to Nepal in August last year and reportedly targeted other street children during his stay. Other victims of his assaults have also recorded their statements with the police," said the newspaper.
A court official in Nepal confirmed the sentence to the Associated Press.
A spokesperson for the federal Foreign Affairs department earlier told CBC News in an email that "consular services are being provided to the Canadian citizen who has been detained in Nepal."
The spokesperson also said that further details on the case would not be released to "protect the privacy of the individual concerned."
A lengthy extradition
Bob Martin, a Nova Scotia man who says he was one of MacIntosh's victims in Nova Scotia in the 1970s, says the news from Nepal comes as a relief.
"The monkey's off my back," he said, explaining that he spent his life feeling almost like a detective tracking MacIntosh's movements.
"For them to incarcerate him and to sentence him is a good feeling," he said.
In the 1980s, MacIntosh was twice convicted of two separate sexual assaults and an indecent assault. He moved to India in 1994.
In 1995, a Canadian man told police he had been abused by MacIntosh in the 1970s. Eventually, nine people came forward, resulting in more than 40 charges. Police contacted MacIntosh in 1996, but he did not return to Canada.
Canada sought to extradite him from India, but it took until 2007 to do so. His first trial began in 2010.
In 2010 and 2011, MacIntosh was convicted of 17 sex-related charges involving three complainants who were boys at the time of the offences, which allegedly took place in Port Hawkesbury during the 1970s.
But those convictions were overturned on appeal because it took too long to bring him to trial, partly because he had to be extradited from India.
MacIntosh has consistently denied the allegations.
After his convictions in Canada were overturned, MacIntosh got a new job in Asia promoting companies that sell spices.