A 28-year-old man from Mpisini Resettlement in Esigodini, has been arrested for allegedly r_ping his employer’s 13-year-old daughter after she was left in his custody.

The man cannot be named for purposes of protecting his victim, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Gwanda magistrate, Miss Lerato Nyathi facing two counts of r_pe.

He was remanded in custody to September 14. Prosecuting, Miss Ethel Mahachi said the accused r_ped the juvenile on two separate occasions in May after she had been left under his custody by her mother.

‘’On 30 May at around 1 PM the complainant was under the custody of the accused person by her mother who was going to attend a funeral. The accused person took advantage of his employer’s absence and called the complainant into his bedroom hut as he wanted her to sweep the floor.

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“The accused person locked the door from the inside and demanded to have s_xual int_rcourse with the complainant but she refused.

He grabbed her by the arm and pushed her onto the bed and r_ped her and warned her against revealing the matter to anyone,” he said.

Miss Mahachi said the complainant remained quiet about the matter and on the following day while her mother was still away the accused person found the complainant in the kitchen and demanded to have s_xual int_rcourse with her.

She said the complainant refused and the accused person r_ped her. Miss Mahachi said the complainant reported the matter to her mother upon her return and the matter was reported to the police resulting in the arrest of the accused person.- | Chronicle


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