The Police Prosecutor, Mr. Joseph Ahwa, told the court that the incident was reported at the `A’ Division Police Station, Mararaba, by one Jennifer Aso of same address with the accused on June 10.
Ahwa said the victim lived with her mother in the same compound with the accused.
The prosecutor said the victim’s mother came home and noticed bruises on the body of her two-year old daughter whom she left while asleep.
“She checked her and noticed some bruises on her private part. She took her to a medical center in Mararaba, where it was confirmed that there was an attempt at penetration.
“She suspected Matu who was the only male at home with the daughter,’’ the prosecutor said.
Ahwa urged the court not to grant bail to the accused in order to prevent interference with police investigations.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
His counsel, Mr. Gabriel Okhugbe, urged the court to grant the accused bail.
The presiding judge, Mr. Vincent Gwahemba rejected the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison.
He adjourned the case to July 9 for continuation of hearing. (NAN)