A YOUNG man who admitted raping a 10-year-old girl from the same village was jailed for 10 years.
The High Court in Suva told the 20-year-old man he had shown no respect for the victim's childhood and had no regard for her innocence.
According to the facts of the case, on May 7 in 2012, the girl was on her way to Sunday School when the young man met her and carried her to an empty house where he sexually assaulted her.
Ten days later, the accused raped her.
Justice Bandara told the man his actions had affected the girl psychologically and she now suffered from a sleeping disorder.
He said the other children in the village teased the victim by calling out the accused's name.
Justice Bandara said the accused had spent three months in remand and would spend nine years and seven months in jail.