A labourer was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in a murder case here on Wednesday.

According to the prosecution, there was a previous enmity between Solairaja (40) of Naraiyankulam near Mamsapuram here and P. Muniyandi alias Poipuli (35) over collection of donations for the local Kaliamman temple festival.

On September 11, 2008, Solairaja insisted that donations must be compulsorily collected, especially from those who had not given any money for the previous festival. Poipuli questioned his right to make such a demand. The issue was taken to the village head (naattamai) for settlement. However, there was no agreement, and a wordy duel ensued, following which Solairaja bit Poipuli.

In a fit of anger, Poipuli went away, and returned with a sickle a couple of hours later and hacked Solairaja on his right leg. First, the victim was taken to the Government Hospital here for treatment and later to the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai, where he succumbed to the injuries later.

The Mamsapuram police arrested Poipuli.

On Wednesday, the Principal District and Sessions Judge, sentenced him to undergo 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and imposed a dine of Rs.5,000 on him.