SINGAPORE - Shouting matches between the mother and daughter occurred so often that when neighbours heard a ruckus early yesterday morning, they thought it was just another one of their usual quarrels.
Someone, however, decided to call the police at 4.43am when the bickering at Madam Rosaline Lim's flat got louder.
The shouting continued when police officers arrived outside the 75-year-old woman's unit at Block 105, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, but it ended abruptly with a loud thud heard below.
The officers who responded to the case found Madam Lim's body, with multiple stab wounds on her neck and shoulders, after they entered her flat on the sixth floor.
The dismembered body of her daughter, Ms Andrea Tay Su Lin, was also discovered moments later at the foot of the block.
The 51-year-old is believed to have lost both her legs when she struck some clothes rails as she fell to the ground. She is understood to have fallen from a kitchen window in the flat.
A police spokesman said both women were pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, and investigations into the two "unnatural deaths" are ongoing.
Neighbours told The Straits Times yesterday that the two women lived in the flat with Ms Tay's teenage daughter.
Most said they were woken up by a commotion from Madam Lim's flat at about 4am and heard a man, believed to be a police officer responding to the incident, knocking on her front door.
Mr Tony Lian, 63, who lives on the fifth floor, said he heard the loud cries of a woman yesterday, but he thought nothing of it.