A 20-year-old Gwanda man, who allegedly raped his three-year-old cousin on several occasions and infected her with a sexually transmitted illness appeared in court on Saturday facing rape charges.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Gwanda magistrate Sheila Nazombe. He was remanded in custody to October 25.
Allegations are that on an unknown date between February and October this year, the little girl was left in the care of the man by her mother during the day.
The man allegedly took advantage of this and would take the girl to his bedroom where he would sexually abuse her. The matter only came to light on October 7 when the girl’s mother was bathing her and she noticed a brownish discharge from her daughter’s private parts.
She asked the girl who told her mother what her uncle did to her. A report was made to the police, leading to the man’s arrest.
The man was taken to hospital where doctors examined him and noticed that he had a discharge similar to that from the girl.
The girl was examined at Gwanda Provincial Hospital where the abuse was confirmed.