SINGAPORE - Neighbours had noticed the Indonesian helper looking despondent and pacing outside the flat late last Saturday night.
Five days later, she was found in a daze, sitting in a bedroom in her employer's executive flat in Tampines.
The body of her employer's 16-year-old daughter lay beside her. In the bathroom, a bloodied knife stained the floor.
Neighbours had earlier heard a blood-curdling scream, followed by cries, coming from the flat.
They later found out that an Indonesian domestic helper, 28, had allegedly stabbed the teenager twice and then watched as she bled to death.
The murder happened early on Thursday afternoon in the 10th-storey unit at Block 856, Tampines Street 82, a short fiveminute walk from Tampines Mall.
A neighbour who lives on the 15th storey, who declined to be named, told The New Paper: "The girl's parents had returned to the flat at about 12.30pm. When they walked in, they saw their daughter lying on the floor and the maid sitting in a daze."
The parents ran down to a unit one storey below to seek help from their friend.
They remained downstairs while the friend and his Indonesian maid rushed up to their flat to help the girl, but realised that she was dead.
The neighbour from the 15th storey said that he later found out what happened from the friend's maid, who declined to be interviewed when approached by TNP.
He said: "The friend's maid tried to speak to the other maid but she didn't say anything. She just kept quiet throughout." Even when she was asked repeatedly to explain the incident, the maid kept silent and just stared into space.