Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh’s return to Canada leaves victims with questions

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – Bob Martin, a Port Hood photographer, says the Nepalese government did its part by imprisoning convicted pedophile Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, a former Strait Area businessman. But Martin, who says MacIntosh abused him in the 1970s, is wondering what the Canadian government will do now that the pedophile is returning to Canada.

“If his health is poor and he's being deported to Canada (without a passport) what will the federal government do to assist him?” Martin asks in a statement to media. “They certainly have not helped the victims in this case,” he adds, citing 17 years of delays, passport errors and other mistakes that led to MacIntosh’s conviction for sexually abusing boys in the Strait Area being thrown out. Martin was one of several complainants in that case – one of the longest and most complex sexual assault cases in Nova Scotia’s history.

MacIntosh was found guilty on a total of 17 counts of sexual assault by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, however, set aside the convictions, finding that the delay in bringing MacIntosh to trial breached his Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time. On April 22, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the Crown’s appeal of this decision.

That allowed MacIntosh to travel to Asia. In Nepal he was charged, convicted and imprisoned for sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy in 2014. Now 75, MacIntosh is reportedly in poor health.

“I hope they do not think that he...is unable to offend again because he had done just that in Kathmandu...and was convicted in Feb. 2015,” says Martin. “So he is capable of those crimes for sure, back home in Canada.”

The public has a right to know MacIntosh’s whereabouts, says Martin. There have been reports that the convicted pedophile may be in or going to Ontario.

“Crazy as it seems, he is to register that information (his location) voluntarily within seven days of returning to Canada,” he adds, questioning how that will be monitored.

Martin told The Journal he learned about MacIntosh’s release from prison and move to Canada from a CTV reporter.

“As usual the criminal has more rights than us the victims,” he said.

The Journal contacted the N.S. RCMP to ask if the public here would be notified if MacIntosh returns to this area, where he is from.

“As with any high risk offender, we will issue a notification to the public should that person be moving to their area,” said spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke.