A LIFE sentence was handed down in the Greytown Regional Court on July 12 to 29-year-old man, who will not be named to protect the victim, who was found guilty on charges of rape.It was reported that last year the accused raped an eight year old girl who was visiting her aunt in the Kranskop area during the school holidays. The victim’s aunt sent her to another room to fetch matches. The accused, the boyfriend of the victim’s aunt, was in the room and he grabbed the young girl and raped her.She was told by the accused she would be killed if she told anyone — she was scared so she nothing to her aunt. However, on her return home after the holidays, her mother became concerned as she observed her daughter was depressed, unhappy and not eating. She questioned the child, who then told her what had happened. The eight year old was taken to hospital for medical attention and received counselling.The man was arrested and denied bail. The magistrate at Greytown Regional Court sentenced him to life imprisonment.