A 28-YEAR-OLD West Nicholson man was on Friday remanded in custody to tomorrow when he appeared in court for allegedly raping his seven-year-old niece.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the minor, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before regional magistrate Joseph Mabeza.
The court heard that sometime last month, the man called the girl and asked her to bring a broom to his room.
When the niece got into his room, he allegedly ordered her to remove her panties saying he wanted to teach her something and then raped her.
On May 20, the girl told her friend that she hated her uncle and narrated her ordeal to her.
The friend then told her teacher and the matter was reported to the police, leading to the arrest of the uncle.
The Grade 2 girl was taken to hospital where a medical report confirmed penetration.
In his defence, the uncle accused the girl’s grandmother of fabricating the rape allegations against him after he confronted her over a debt.
The uncle said the girl’s grandmother owed him $90 after he fenced her fields and she failed to pay and offered him a goat instead.
However, the grandmother denied the allegations saying she was not present when the matter came to light.
She said she would have used a mature person had she wanted to trap him since there was a Form 4 girl who stays together with the accused.