A Canadian businessman with a history of child sex abuse allegations have been sentenced to a seven-year jail term by a Nepali court on Sunday for molesting a minor boy.
A court in Lalitpur near Kathmandu held Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, 71, guilty of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old Nepali boy. Judge Tek Narayan Kunwar also slapped a fine of NRs 1 million on the accused.
The Canadian from Nova Scotia was arrested in December last year from a hotel room in Lalitpur on charges of luring the victim to his room for sex in exchange for money.
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.
MacIntosh was twice convicted of sexual assaults in Canada in 1980s. Following his convictions he moved to India in 1994, where, he is alleged to have targeted children over several years.
In the 1990s fresh allegations of child sex abuse by him during 1970s resurfaced in Canada. But his extradition from Indian took place only in 2007.
In 2010 and 2011, MacIntosh was convicted of 17 sex-related offences. The convictions were later overturned due to delay in trial.