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Man jailed for killing father in London house fire

A man has been jailed indefinitely for killing his father and a lodger in a house fire at their east London home.

Arun Bhasin, 53, from Shadwell, started the fire which killed his 82-year-old father Ram and lodger Sunil Koosuru, 25, on 7 March, the Old Bailey heard.

Prosecutors accepted he was suffering an abnormality of the mind at the time.

Bhasin, who admitted manslaughter, developed "grandiose psychotic delusions" after his brain was damaged following a heart attack.

He was told he would serve at least six years in prison.

Bhasin, an alcoholic, had the heart attack last December.

He was originally accused of two counts of murder, but he denied the charges on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Bhasin had pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter at a previous hearing.

He denied one count of arson, which the judge ordered to lie on file.

Bhasin, known as Pinkie, had been a loving carer for his father before suffering brain damage, the court heard.

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