The bodies of a 44 year old father and his Three children were discovered by neighbours, suspended from a plank in between two trees, in Matara- Kamburupitiya.

In addition , Police stated that a fire had erupted at their residence last night.

The deceased were two girls aged 10 and 16 and a 14 year old boy.

Police also noted that the deceased boy was a novice monk. 

Police stated that the father had allegedly bound the hands of his children, hung them from the plank, set the house alight and then hung himself.

Police added that the bodies of the children showed signs of internal bleeding.

The mother had left the house a month ago, following a family dispute .

The Magistrates inquiry and post-mortem examinations are to be conducted today.

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