A local court here has sentenced a man to rigorous life imprisonment for a double murder committed in Odisha’s Balasore district in 2005.

Additional Sessions Judge (Fast Track-I) R N Mishra while awarding life term to convict Prashant Kumar Nanda Praharaj (31) yesterday also imposed Rs 5,000 as penalty. The convict, a resident of Ghatgharsahi in Nilagiri area of Balasore district, would serve an additional one year RI if he fails to pay the penalty, the judge ordered.

According to the prosecution, the convict who was a tenant of Debendra Roul in Gopalgaon area of Balasore town had burnt to death landlord’s wife Umarani (47) and daughter Parbati (23) on December 17, 2005. Though there was no eyewitness, the court after cross examining 18 witnesses and going through circumstantial evidence delivered the verdict. — PTI