IPOH - Three weeks ago, Jin Lian Yu's house was broken into and she was robbed of her belongings.
Last Sunday, it was worse. The 67-year-old was robbed of her life.
The coffeeshop owner was working alone in the kitchen of her shop in Bercham here at around 5pm when an intruder came by.
Ipoh deputy OCPD Supt Ahmad Termizi Abdul Haq said there was no one else in the shop then.
"Later, a customer walked in to buy cigarettes but saw no one at the counter," he said.
"The customer then checked the kitchen and discovered the elderly woman lying on the floor.
"She was bleeding profusely from the head," he told reporters yesterday.
Jin was rushed to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in an ambulance but she died at 3pm the following day, Supt Ahmad Termizi said.
"The post-mortem results show that she was hit on the head with a blunt object," he said.
Supt Ahmad Termizi said police had yet to determine the items that were stolen, adding that no arrest had been made.
Jin, who hailed from Harbin, China, was a widow with three children aged between 40 and 44.
Jin's son Chen Hai Ken, 40, who is based in Shanghai, was at the hospital to claim her body.
He said that following the first robbery, Jin mentioned to him that she planned to return to China soon as she did not feel safe in Malaysia anymore.
"She came to Malaysia in 2012 because she had a friend living here and thought it was a good place to work.
"I last spoke to her on the first day of Chinese New Year, when we called to wish each other.
"I had no idea that was going to be my last conversation with her," he said.
Earlier this month, Jin, who was staying alone in Kampung Bercham here, lost her possessions including a ring, RM400 and her passport when two men broke into her house.
She sustained minor injuries in her left eye and right thigh then.