KUALA LUMPUR - A 71-year-old grandmother is believed to have been robbed and then brutally stabbed to death in her Sentul home while her young granddaughter was in the next room.
Her neighbour said at around 7pm yesterday, she heard a commotion and screams coming from Swa Kim Chia, who lived on the first floor of a shophouse along Jalan Union.
The neighbour, who declined to be named, said she raced down only to bump into a man, wearing a blood-soaked t-shirt.
"He told me that Swa had been robbed and killed by three men before he ran off. When I reached Swa's home, I asked her granddaughter where her grandmother was and she pointed to the bathroom," the woman said, adding that she found the retired tailor in a pool of blood with stab wounds there.
She said she grabbed the five-year-old child and ran back to her home one floor up and called the police. They later arrested a man near the area.
Sentul OCPD ACP R. Munusamy said there were no signs of forced entry in the victim's house.
The 35-year-old suspect is the victim's neighbour, who claimed that he saw three individuals entering the victim's home.
"However, witnesses said the suspect later ran to his home to change his bloodied shirt," he said.
Residents here said Swa lived alone but cared and cooked for her young grandchildren during the day.
Her body has been brought to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a postmortem. The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.