The Malaysian wife of an Indonesian accused of attempting to sexually assault his 12-year-old niece in his vehicle on September 23, was seen interfering with court proceedings in Pahang, Malaysia, on Wednesday. She reportedly requested that her niece drop the charges against her husband by testifying that no offence took place.

The victim, whose mother passed away when she was an infant, grew up with her grandmother in Kuantan as her father was a religious school teacher on the west coast, and could only visit her every two weeks, the Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.

The court heard that the accused uncle and his wife resided in the same household. Their names, as well as details of others in the family, cannot be revealed in order to protect the victim’s identity.

On Sunday September 23, the accused drove the girl downtown. On the way home, the man allegedly stopped by the roadside and pulled the girl’s trousers down by force.

A patrol officer who happened upon the scene arrested the man after he saw him allegedly pressing himself against the girl in a sexual manner.

When asked if he pleaded guilty in court, the accused shook his head to indicate refusal. At which point his wife suddenly stood up and interrupted the court to say that their niece would now testify that there was no such incident.

The judge immediately rejected the woman and set a trial date for November 17.

If convicted of the section 14A of Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017, the accused shall be jailed for no less than 20 years and may be caned.