A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Tsholotsho girl was admitted in hospital with injuries on her privates after a 17-year-old boy from a neighbouring village allegedly raped her.
Agatha Effort Ncube from Dikili Line, appeared before magistrate Abednico Ndebele Friday charged with the ghastly incident which occurred two days before.
He was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody to Thursday this week.
Prosecutors say an apparently sex-starved Ncube gagged the minor with a woollen hat before raping her once in a bush near her grandmother's homestead.
The girl, it is alleged, was coming from school with her three minor siblings when the teen emerged from the bush.
"The complainant was going home from school in the company of her three brothers when the accused emerged from the bush on June 11 at about 4PM," said Leane Nkomo, representing the State.
"The four minors ran towards home but the accused caught up with the complainant whom he pulled into the bush.
"The three brothers ran and informed their grandmother who rushed to the scene. The girl screamed but no one came to her rescue as Ncube removed his woollen hat and gagged her with it.
"He then pushed her to the ground and had sexual intercourse with her once after tearing her panties."
Ncube allegedly fled from the scene when he heard the girl's grandmother approaching.
The little girl narrated her ordeal and the grandmother took her to a nearby police station where a report of rape was made leading to Ncube's arrest.
The girl was referred to Tsholotsho District Hospital and a medical report produced in court showed that the incident caused serious injuries on her privates.
The Grade Zero pupil has not gone to school since Wednesday as she is admitted in hospital due to injuries she sustained from the alleged sex attack.