MALACCA: The chilling cries of “Tolong! Tolong!” (Help! Help!) will forever haunt Norashikin Aripin.
The neighbour of the murder victims said she heard the cries of the victims and alerted police at about 6.30am.
“I thought it was a robbery. My husband saw a car being driven out of the porch and we suspected that a thief had escaped from the house. When we rushed there, we were shocked,” she said.
She then ran to the aid of Nuraqedah Aeina Hassan, 24, who was bleeding profusely from the head.
“I heard her murmuring ‘Loqman did this to us, am I going to die?’. I told her that everything was going to be okay.
“At the corner, granny Siti Khatijah Muhammad was shivering and she was pointing her hand to the rooms in the house,” she said.
Norashikin, 33, said she was horrified to see the macabre sight of the victims lying in pools of blood.
“I panicked and ran out from the house towards my husband,” she said before policemen and ambulance personnel arrived.
Norashikin said she was told earlier that the suspect was the adopted grandson of Siti Khatijah.
Another neighbour, 62, who declined to be named, said the 26-year-old suspect had been staying with Mariah Baharin’s family since he was a baby.
Mariah was among those killed.
“The grandmother really pampered him and he used to come back home late each night,” he said.
The neighbour claimed the suspect had been acting strangely since the start of the year, when he began wearing robes.
“Sometimes, we would see him sitting alone and mumbling to himself,” he added.
The neighbour said the suspect, who always kept to himself and was always never home, had been scolded many times by his grandmother for his drug habit.
“We could often hear him arguing with the family members. He was always asking them for money,” he added.
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