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A MAN from Matobo District in Matabeleland South, allegedly repeatedly rap_ed his 13-year-old niece on several occasions until he was caught one day after dozing off after the act.The 36-year-old man, from Mabhulununi Village under Chief Masuku allegedly rap_ed his niece from January this year, until it was discovered recently. The two were staying in the same village and the matter came to light after he dosed off next to the complainant after rap_ing her.

The man last week appeared before Bulawayo provincial magistrate Mrs Ulukile Mlea-Ndlovu and was charged with four counts of rap_e. He was remanded in custody to 22 October and advised to approach the High Court for bail.Prosecuting, Mr Nkathazo Dlodlo told the court that sometime in January this year, the complainant and her uncle were in the bush looking for cattle when he ordered her to lie down on the ground but she refused. Mr Dlodlo alleged that the juvenile attempted to escape but her uncle caught up with her and pushed her to the ground, threatening to kill her.

During the time of the abuse, Mr Dlodlo said the accused constantly threatened his niece not to divulge the abuse to anyone.The court heard that at the end of May, the complainant visited Bulawayo and went back to her village in September.