A 63-YEAR-OLD man convicted of raping a seven-year-old girl was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the High Court in Lautoka.
The court said the man was charged with two counts of rape, committed on January 1 last year and again on June 2.
In sentencing, Justice P Kumararatnam said the accused showed lack of remorse.
He said the young victim suffered emotionally and physically and it was reflected in her medical report.
Justice Kumararatnam said the man, who is the victim's grandfather, had breached the young girl's trust.
"The act done to the victim by you took away the victim's dignity in the society," he said.
"You have caused adverse psychological trauma, the effect of which is difficult to foresee and assess even by psychologists or sociologists.
"You have instilled fear into the victim, which may affect her whole life."
The court gave the man 30 days to appeal his sentence.