Man appears for niece’s rape

The pair had been charged with stock theft. Photo: Supplied

A man accused of raping his niece when she was six-weeks-old has appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court.

The case was heard on Wednesday and postponed to March 27 as the State was still awaiting the man’s psychiatric report, The Star reported on Thursday.

The 24-year-old from Galeshewe in the Northern Cape was arrested shortly after the rape in November.

According to the paper, he also faced a charge of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to kill a policeman.

The baby’s mother told The Star that she had visited her brother in prison to get answers from him.

Her daughter was recovering at a Bloemfontein hospital after undergoing surgery to treat the injuries she sustained during the rape.

At the time, doctors said the child had sustained extensive trauma to the inside and outside of her genitals, as well as bruising and severe tearing.

Her perineum also had a tear and needed to be sutured and built back up.

– Sapa

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