KEPALA BATAS (Bernama): An elderly woman was beaten to death in Lahar Kepar here on Friday night (May 22), allegedly by her daughter who is believed to be suffering from mental illness.
Seberang Perai Utara district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the victim, Loh Foh Mooi, 90, was found bleeding with injuries to her face and hands following a heated exchange with her 53-year-old daughter.
"The victim was said to be in the living room before her daughter came to the house and a heated argument ensued between the two before the suspect turned off all the lights.
"At the time of the incident, the suspect's 16-year-old daughter was in the house and heard the commotion, including the suspect threatening to kill the elderly woman," he said here on Saturday (May 23).
The teenager tried to get out of her room but her mother ordered her to stay in the room before she heard noises and sounds of falling objects, he said.
ACP Noorzainy said the terrified teen then contacted her cousin in Sungai Dua near here for help because she was worried something had happened to her grandmother and her mother.
She then escaped through the back door.
"The victim's youngest daughter arrived only to find her in bed and covered in blood," he said.
She then called the hospital before the medical team arrived and an inspection found that the elderly woman had died.
He said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect had a quarrel with her mother.
ACP Noorzainy added that the suspect was suffering from mental illness and still undergoing psychiatric treatment.
"Following the incident, police seized a helmet and a stick, believed to have been used by the suspect to hit her mother in the incident," he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. – Bernama
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