Two of the complainants in the original Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh case say they’re frustrated the former Quad Counties businessman has been release from a Nepalese prison.
MacIntosh, 75, was convicted of 17 sex-related charges that dated back to the 1970s; those convictions were overturned in Port Hawkesbury because of the length of time it took for the case to get to trial.
He returned to Asia, where he was living when he was originally charged, after his convictions were overturned; he was convicted of sex crimes against a boy in Nepal and sentenced to seven years in prison and the Canadian equivalent of a $12,500 fine in 2015.
MacIntosh has been released from prison in Nepal, and ordered to leave the country.
Bob Martin, one of MacIntosh’s local complainants, tells The Hawk he did not any get information from officials about MacIntosh returning.
“We have heard that he was deported- apparently he’s supposed to be in Ontario in a hospital,” he says. “But Safety Canada won’t say anything other than there was a Canadian national that was deported.”
Martin says he should know more soon, and by law, MacIntosh must report his location to members of the public within seven days.
He says he was frustrated because he was travelling across the country at the apparent time of the deportation, and he could have ran into MacIntosh at an airport, which could have triggered trauma he holds.
Dale Sutherland, another MacIntosh complainant, says the case wasn’t handled properly in the past, and he doesn’t expect it to be now.
“MacIntosh’s convictions against us were thrown out- that was due to officials in Ottawa and the RCMP not doing their job and covering things up,” he says. “I think they’re still doing that- why would they tell us? We’re trouble to them.”
MacIntosh is reportedly in poor health; it’s unclear what will happen to him when he returns to our country.
There’s a possibility he could spend the rest of his sentence in prison here, spend it in hospital, or be released outright.
Martin and Sutherland both say MacIntosh is a high risk to offend again, and they hope he’s monitored closely.