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Residents' fury as KZN man accused of raping stepchild appears in court

The 43-year-old man is facing charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual grooming of a child which includes exposing her to pornographic material.

A Verulam man, seated on the right, appeared in court on charges of rape and sexually grooming his 10-year-old stepdaughter. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

VERULAM - A 43-year-old man accused of locking up and raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter over a five-year period has appeared in court for the first time on two counts of rape and sexually grooming the young girl.

It’s understood the child had escaped from the house earlier this week.

She is said to have confided in graphic details to a neighbour about the rape and abuse, which started shortly after her mother’s death.

On Monday, angry Verulam residents beat up the suspect.

Please be advised the following story contains details of a graphic nature

The man hobbled into the courtroom in Verulam, with bruises and blood stains still visible after being beaten up by angry residents.

He is facing charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual grooming of a child which includes exposing her to pornographic material.

The man, who was only referred to as “Mr Pillay” in court on Thursday is accused of raping the girl since 2013 when she was just five years old.

He has been remanded into custody until 25 June, while waiting for his medical condition has been determined.

During this time Magistrate Irfaan Khalil has told the man to explain why he should be released on bail, given the gravity of the allegations against him.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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