The Udayapur District Court has punished a 56-year-old man with life sentence for raping his eight-year-old granddaughter.

The accused, a local of Triyuga Municipality-13, was found guilty of the crime by single bench of justice Madhav Silwal and was sentenced to jail for life on Wednesday, informed Dhan Bahadur Karki, court official at the Udayapur District Court.

The court added an additional four years of prison term to the life sentence and slapped a fine of Rs 40,000.

Similarly, the court also ordered the culprit to deposit Rs 4,158 in the Victim Relief Fund established by the government.

The perpetrator had raped his granddaughter when they were alone at home on July 27, 2020. The family had filed a report with the police on August 25, 2020 after finding out about the incident.

Immediately after the case was filed, police arrested the accused and placed him in judicial custody for further investigation since September 18, 2020.