A 78-year-old individual has been found murdered at a house in Sumudu Uyana, Kotavila in Weligama. Police said the victim had been bound and gagged prior to being killed.

Weligama Police have arrested two persons over the murder. One of the suspects had been living at the victim’s house on rent.

According to police, there had been a dispute between the suspect and the victim regarding non-payment of rent. The suspect who was living on rent is a 29-year-old individual while the other suspect is 39 years of age and has been identified as the first suspect’s brother-in-law.

The body is still at the house pending a magisterial inquiry by the Matara Magistrate. Weligama Police are investigating.