'Serial killer' Ravindra Kantrole, also known as 'Beer Man', was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court in Mumbai in the last of the three murder cases registered against him.
Kantrole, who was arrested in January last year, had been charged with the murder of three of the seven men found dead in south Mumbai under mysterious circumstances between October 2006 and January 2007.
Although the prosecution had sought death penalty for him, the Sewree sessions court sentenced Kantrole to life imprisonment saying that it is not a rarest of rare case. It also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on him.
Kantrole was convicted under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The court accepted the evidence produced by the Forensic Science Laboratory and said that it had corroborated the statement of two eye witnesses in the case.
In June, Kantrole, who is in his early 30s, was acquitted in the other two cases registered against him after the prosecution failed to produce substantial evidence or witness against him.
As beer cans were found near the bodies of the victims, the killer was referred as "Beer man".