Nepal's court slaps 16-year jail sentence to Canadian humanitarian worker over pedophile charges

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-09 08:37:46|Editor: zh
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KATHMANDU, July 9 (Xinhua) -- A local court in Nepal has slapped 16-year jail sentence on Canadian humanitarian worker Peter Dalglish for sexually abusing two boys in the Himalayan country.

A single bench of Judge, Arjun Adhikari, at Nepal's Kavrepalanchok District Court passed the judgment after the final hearing on Monday, court official Thakur Chandra Trital told Xinhua.

The Canadian man was convicted more than 14 months after he was arrested in Nepal on the charge of paedophilia.

The court also ordered Dalglish to pay 500,000 Nepali rupees (4,556 U.S. dollars) each to two boys who were sexually abused by him.

A month ago, the same court stated that the Canadian national was found guilty of sexually abusing the two boys pending his sentence.

During the hearing at the court, the prosecutors presented statements by the victims, their medical reports and photos. The prosecutors sought maximum 13 years in jail term against Dalglish and compensation for the victims.

In April 2018, the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police arrested Dalglish for his involvement in sexually abusing two boys from Kavre District, some 50 km north of the country's capital city Kathmandu.

While filing the case, the Nepali police stated that 62-year-old Dalglish had been tempting kids by offering foreign trips and better education before sexually abusing them.

The police had rescued two kids aged 12 and 14 who were sexually abused by Dalglish.

Before being arrested, Dalglish was found running an NGO called Himalayan Community Foundation in Nepal since 2015 in the name of working for poor and deprived communities.

Before coming to Nepal, Dalglish had worked for different agencies of the United Nations in different capacities.