Balakrishan (27) of Rayarpalayam, near Nambiyur here, was on Wednesday awarded life sentence by the court of the First Additional Sessions Judge for murdering Pongaiyan (50), a real estate businessman, of the same village.

The youth had committed the murder with sharp weapons on March 28, during the course of a temple festival in the village to settle scores with Balakrishan who had earlier arraigned the former as an accused in a theft case. Pongaiyan succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. The Varappalayam police registered a case. Judge Sarvamangalam imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 too on Balakrishnan.