Village office of Tin Sum Tsuen in Yuen Long where the murder took place. Photo: Google Map

A 75-year-old suspect charged with one count of murder on Monday appeared in court on Tuesday after the death of a landlord, 79, in a village house in Yuen Long in the New Territories of Hong Kong, local media reported.

In the first mention hearing, the prosecution requested more time to collect evidence and the accused was remanded in custody.

On April 15, the victim, surnamed Chan, was found in a village house in Tin Sam Tsuen after one of his tenants, surnamed Cheung, called the police to investigate a bad smell in the property, Metro Daily reported.

The police said Chan had quarreled about rent with a tenant at 1pm on April 10. Officers arrested a 75-year-old man surnamed Ngai on Sunday and he was charged the next day.

More than 100 police officers had been searching for a hammer in the village since Monday. They were also looking for the victim’s wallet, HKID card, mobile phones and a bicycle, Apple Daily reported.

The next court hearing would be held on May 31.