The Neno Second Grade Magistrate Court in the southern region district of Neno on Monday slapped Laxman Manduta, 34, with three years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for indecent assault.
The court heard that Manduta on September 27 penetrated his penis between legs and ejaculated sperms on a 4 year old girl, a daughter to his brother in marriage.
The court also heard that parents of the victim left their daughter with the wife of the accused person when they were leaving for church.
Laxman seized the opportunity to commit the offence after his wife went to their garden to collect tomatoes.
Manduta was arrested after his wife saw sperms on the girl's thighs and dress when she came back home. She reported the issue to Police who referred the girl to the hospital.
Medical examination indicated that the girl was not defiled but sperms were found on her thighs and dress.
In mitigation Manduta agreed to have committed an offence but asked the court to give him a lenient punishment since he was attacked with Satan and the evil spirit.
Passing judgment Second Grade Magistrate Marsen Nyambi said there are less mitigating factors than aggravating factors.
“The Satan that attacked him is an infringement to human rights which psychologically affected the girl and the accused deserves a stiff punishment in order to deter other would be offenders,” he said.
Manduta hails from Kamoto village in Traditional Authority Dambe in the same Neno district-Malawi News Agency.