SINGAPORE - For more than 10 years, they lived under one roof, but led separate lives.
And their relationship was tempestuous.
The mother and daughter often quarrelled - over who should be the head of the household, who owned their Ang Mo Kio flat. Even over food.
But early yesterday, something went terribly wrong. A neighbour heard shouts coming from their four-room flat around midnight.
A few hours later, the body of Madam Andrea Tay, 51, was found at the foot of Block 105, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4. She is believed to have fallen to her death.
Her mother, Madam Rosaline Lim, 75, was found dead in their sixth-storey flat. She is believed to have suffered multiple stab wounds on her upper body.
The New Paper understands that Madam Tay's daughter, Germaine, who is in her late teens, was home at the time of the incidents and called the police.
Knives were recovered from the scene, said a police spokesman.
He said the police received a call at about 4.45am requesting for assistance.
They have classified the case as unnatural deaths. Investigations are ongoing, but TNP understands they are not looking at any suspects.
A neighbour who lives on the fifth floor said that in their 10 years of living together, mother and daughter were seldom on good terms.
The 40-year-old housewife, who wanted to be known only as Ms Lina, told TNP that Madam Lim had lived with her parents in the flat until their deaths.
Her daughter and granddaughter moved into the flat after Madam Tay's divorce, Ms Lina said.
After Madam Lim's mother died about 10 years ago, trouble began between her and Madam Tay.
Ms Lina said they often bickered about the flat.
"Quarrelling was very common between mother and daughter," she said
"(Madam Tay) would chase (Madam Lim) out and say 'This is my home'."
Madam Lim would retort, insisting that the flat was hers.
According to Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore records, Madam Lim and Madam Tay were listed as co-owners of the flat.
Ms Lina said they would also squabble over petty things.