Girl identifies bodies of mum and grandmother

Girl identifies bodies of mum and grandmother
Relatives of the dead women leaving the SGH mortuary yesterday after their bodies were identified. Police have classified the case as “unnatural deaths”.

A teenage girl showed up at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) mortuary yesterday for the tragic task of identifying the bodies of her mother and grandmother.

The bodies of Germaine Ng's mother, Madam Andrea Tay Su Lin, and maternal grandmother, Madam Rosaline Lim, were found by police on Wednesday at their Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 flat.

The police officers were responding to a call for help at 4.43am that day when they discovered Madam Lim, 75, in the unit with multiple stab wounds. The dismembered body of Germaine's 51-year-old mother was found at the foot of the HDB block.

Both were pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, said a police spokesman on Wednesday.

Germaine, 17, arrived at the mortuary in a black BMW sedan at about 7.40am yesterday. She was accompanied by a middle-aged woman and two older men. The Nanyang Polytechnic student and the three people with her declined to comment.

Investigations into what has been classified by the police as "unnatural deaths" are ongoing. News of the case shocked neighbours and members of Christ the King Church who knew Madam Lim.

Neighbours of the family said shouting matches between Madam Lim and Madam Tay occurred so often that they thought the ruckus they heard early on Wednesday morning was just another one of their usual quarrels.

Madam Agnes Ho, 79, who knew Madam Lim from church, described her as a very helpful person. "When I fractured my arm about five years ago, she came to my home and helped me mop the floor," she said.

awcw@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on June 06, 2014.
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