Man convicted of masturbating in public wants appeal

A man convicted of masturbating in front of a female German national wants the High Court to hear an appeal by him but is seeking legal aid or a private practise lawyer to help him pro-bono (for free service).

Patrick Ndau was convicted by Balaka Magistrates Court which slapped him an eight months jail term.

Police had charged him with the offense of conducting himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace.

Sub Inspector Mercy Chande, prosecuting, told the court that Ndau would undress himself and start stroking his genitals whenever he was close to a  female German nation to give himself sexual pleasure.

Chande told the court, the conduct “happened on several occasions.”

The prosecutor said the German woman, who complained to Police, “ used to think that the convict was a mentally disturbed person.”

Magistrate Maxwell Boaz opted for a custodial sentence for Ndau, saying he shamed Malawi as a nation.

But when Nyasa Times reporter visited Ndau, he said the Magistrate was “harsh” to cage him for eight months.

“I want help so that I can appeal against  the sentence, I feel it was excessive,” he said.

He said he was not a sexual offendor.

Ndau says he has a family to look after.

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