The man accused of raping his stepdaughter 900 times over a five year period was denied bail at the Verulam Family Court on Friday.
Magistrate Irfaan Khalil said: “I’m not satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances present for the applicant to be released on bail. There’s a likelihood he will evade his trial and intimidate the child if he is released.”
The accused faces charges of rape, sexual grooming of children, sexual assault, and exposure or display of or causing exposure or display of child pornography or pornography to children.
He also faces charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, compelling or causing children to witness sexual acts and child abuse or deliberate neglect of a child.
Verulam residents and security guards allegedly assaulted him on June 11, after it was alleged that he had raped the little girl since her mother’s death five years ago.