The Penhalonga community in Manicaland Province has been left in a state of shock after a 30-year-old man from the area allegedly raped and impregnated his mentally challenged and crippled neighbour.

Vusumuzi Ndhlovu appeared before Mutare Magistrate, Tendai Mahwe charged with raping his 25-year-old neighbour, who is mentally challenged and crippled.

Allegations are that sometime in January this year the woman was alone at home and Ndhlovu took her to a nearby maize field where he raped her.

The woman’s mother realised her daughter was pregnant and upon being questioned she revealed that Ndhlovu was responsible.

Ndhlovu has been remanded in custody to 22 August, and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.