A MAN from Pumula suburb in Bulawayo has been arrested for allegedly raping and impregnating his landlord’s 14-year-old daughter.

Maxwell Ndlovu, 34, appeared before Provincial magistrate Abednico Ndebele facing a rape charge. He was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody to April 29. The court heard that the matter came to light after the teenager’s mother discovered that she was pregnant.

Ndlovu claimed that he had consensual sex with the juvenile whose name cannot be disclosed for legal reasons. “I didn’t rape her. She agreed to have sexual intercourse with me. Her mother is influencing her to turn against me,” said Ndlovu.

Prosecuting, Stewart Madzore told the court that sometime in September, 2015, at around 11PM, the teenager was cleaning her room when the accused dragged her to his room. “Accused person dragged her to his bedroom where he placed her on the bed.

“He threatened the complainant with a catapult and he removed her underwear. “The accused person forcibly had sexual intercourse with the complainant once without her consent and without protection,” said Madzore.

He said Ndlovu told the teenager that he would kill her if she revealed the matter to anyone. “The matter came to light on March 27 when the mother discovered that the girl was pregnant and after questioning her she immediately divulged the incident,” said Madzore.

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