SHAH ALAM - A putrid stench from their neighbour's apartment prompted residents of Sri Angkasa Apartment to contact the unit owner.
As suspected, the smell had come from the decomposed body of their 27-year-old neighbour, believed to have been dead for six days.
The owner, Sarjit Kaur, 40, said her tenant, known only as Asyok, had been complaining about a leak in one of the pipes in the apartment.
"I had told the management that the smell must have been caused by the leakage," said Sarjit.
Together with a management personnel, she went to the unit to inspect the source of the stench at 12.30pm yesterday.
They saw traces of dried blood on the floor.
"We were too afraid to enter the apartment so we contacted the police," said Sarjit.
The police arrived at the apartment and found Asyok's lifeless body on the kitchen floor.
A police source said three helmets were found in the apartment, one of which was allegedly used to hit the victim on the head.
"There were cracks on one of the helmets, which leads us to believe that the perpetrator may have used it as a weapon," the source added.
Sarjit, a senior sales administrator in Subang Jaya, said her tenant was a quiet and religious man.
"We used to see him spending time with his family at a lake nearby. His death really shocked me," she added.
It is understood that Ashok had been living at the apartment since January last year with his wife, mother and sister.
"He was happy staying here and wanted to renew the lease on the apartment," Sarjit said.
Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Zahedi Ayub said the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.