Rape suspect locked up

Court Correspondent
A 22-year-old man who allegedly raped his then 11-year-old niece in 2013 yesterday appeared in court. The man appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe.

He was remanded in custody to January 11 and was advised to apply for bail at the High Court. The names of both the accused and the complainant have been withheld so as to protect the victim. The two are closely related. The man is a brother to the girl’s father. The prosecutor Ms Idah Maromo alleged that sometime in 2013 when the girl was in grade four, her grandmother left for Headlands and left her in the custody of her uncle. It is the State’s case that the uncle went in the girl’s bedroom during the night and raped her once.

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