Renowned Musician Joe Gwaladi has pleaded not guilty to rape charges leveled against him when he appeared before Phalombe Magistrate Court on Thursday.

Gwaladi was arrested on Tuesday on the grounds that he defiled a 14 year-old-girl from Manjalende, T/A Nkhumba in the district and was charged with Defilement under Section 138 (1) of the Penal Code.

During the hearing, Gwaladi who is married to three wives said he did not sleep with the girl (name withheld) as his manhood was too big for the minor.

He then applied for bail pending trial but First Grade Magistrate, Damson Banda denied to grant him bail.

The case is set to resume on Tuesday June 2, 2015 when police are expected to parade five witnesses on the matter.

Gwaladi hails from Magaleta Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkanda in Mulanje.

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