A 28-year-old man addicted to drugs had allegedly attacked his parents with a hoe and a knife outside a house in the Hokandara area, the Malabe Police said.
The mother who sustained injuries has been admitted to the hospital while the father has died.
The suspect had then set his father’s body on fire. The deceased was a 57-year-old three-wheeler driver named Ranjith Senaratne.
Police said the suspect’s son, who was heavily addicted to drugs, had recently come home from rehabilitation and the attack had taken place as a result of a dispute.
The suspect has fled the area and the Malabe Police are investigating.
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