TAIPEI, Taiwan - A Chinese Culture University student suspected of murdering his landlord was arrested yesterday after neighbours called the Taipei City Police Department's Shilin Precinct and complained about a mattress containing an unidentifiable object in the apartment's hallway that was emitting a pungent odour.
Police immediately informed prosecutors as well as the forensics team after arriving on scene and discovering a male body. The landlord's dead body was bundled up in a mattress with layers of tape like a mummy, reports said.
The deceased's personal identification items were found in a large garbage bag between the second and third floor stairwell by police who searched through it. After further investigation and initial forensic studies, police confirmed the body to be of the 70-year-old landlord who had been missing for a period of time.
The student who allegedly committed the crime, a Hong Kong national surnamed Mo, had been expelled from the university for over a year at the time of his landlord's murder.
According to the landlord's neighbours, all of the deceased's money has been stolen. Security camera footage showed the suspect entering the crime scene.
The landlord's son arrived on the scene to confirm his father's identity.
The police's preliminary conclusion in the case is that the student did not have enough money to pay his rent, though it is not officially confirmed.
According to reports, the deceased suffered most of his injuries to his cranium, particularly the forehead and the back of his head. A knife wound to the chest was the fatal injury, said the police.
Although the student has admitted to committing the murder, the case has been passed onto the local prosecutors' office for further investigation.