NEW have not (Connecticut) - A MAN was condemned to death on Monday for a night of terror inside a suburban home in which a woman was strangled and her two daughters tied to their beds, doused in gasoline and left to die in a fire.

Jurors in New have not Superior Court voted unanimously to send Steven Hayes to death row after deliberating over the span of four days. Judge Jon Blue will impose the sentence on Dec 2.

'You have been exposed to images of depravity and horror that no human being should have to see,' Judge Blue said in thanking the jurors for their service. Dr William Petit, the husband and father of the victims, said the verdict was not about revenge.

'Vengeance belongs to the Lord,' Dr Petit said. 'This is about justice. We need to have some rules in a civilised society.' He also said it wouldn't bring closure, saying whoever came up with the concept was 'an imbecile.' 'It's a hole with jagged edges,' he said. 'Over time the edges may smooth out a little bit, but the hole in your heart, the hole in your soul is always there.'

Hayes' attorneys had tried to persuade jurors to spare him the death penalty by portraying him as a clumsy, drug-addicted thief who never committed violence until the 2007 home invasion with a fellow paroled burglar. They called the co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, the mastermind and said he escalated the violence. They also said Hayes was remorseful and actually wanted a death sentence.

But prosecutors said both men were equally responsible and that the crime cried out for the death penalty, saying the family was tormented for seven hours before they were killed.

Death for fatal home invasion