Last edited: April 16, 2005

Australian Tourist Jailed for Gay Sex in Fiji U.K., April 7, 2005

By Ben Townley

SUMMARY: An Australian tourist has been sentenced to two years in jail for having consensual sex with another man while on vacation in Fiji, where homosexual acts are illegal.

An Australian tourist has been jailed for having sex with another man while on holiday in Fiji.

Thomas Maxwell McCoskar, 55, was sentenced to two years in jail for having sex with Dhirendra Nadan, 23, with a court claiming he had brought shame to the country.

According to the Fiji Times, Magistrate Syed Muhktar Shah doled out the sentence, despite pleas for leniency from the men.

He accused the couple of taking part in “shameful acts,” adding that their crime was “something so disgusting that it would make any decent person vomit.”

McCoskar told the court he had retired from his lecturer job and was planning to relax on his holiday, where he met Nadan, who has threatened to commit suicide should he be sent to prison.

The pair were accused of having sex in the Nadi area.

Homosexuality is still illegal in Fiji. The judge in the case said the tourist should now serve his sentence for the acts, despite homosexuality being relatively accepted in Australia.

“If you wanted to have fun, you should have stayed in Australia instead of trying to come to Fiji and exploit our young boys,” the newspaper reports him as saying. “With you being a former lecturer, you should have known that such indecent acts are illegal.”

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