KUALA LUMPUR: The joy of celebrating Hari Raya was shortlived for a boy who came home to the tragic sight of his mother sprawled in blood at their house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here.
Auditor Suraiza Hamzah, 46, was found dead by her 17-year-old son in the living room when he returned home at around 7.30pm on Monday.
According to Suraizaâ€™s sister, who declined to be named, her nephew Ariff Huzayr called her after discovering the body.
Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Sharul Othman Mansor said a scuffle had broken out between Suraiza and a close relative following an argument on Monday morning.
â€œThe suspect bludgeoned her to death with a blunt object. We believe the motive behind the murder was jealousy. We also believe that the suspect was mentally ill,â€ he said.
The relative has been remanded for a week to help in investigations.
The murder has sent shockwaves through the quiet neighbourhood of Lorong Aminuddin Baki 2.
A neighbour in his 60s, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he had not heard anything from the house on the day of Suraizaâ€™s death.
â€œThey are a very quiet and shy family. Suraiza was a nice lady. If we had heard any noise coming from her house, we would have helped her.
â€œBut it was so quiet that we donâ€™t know what happened. Even if there had been a fight, we wouldnâ€™t know. Thatâ€™s my one regret â€“ that we, the neighbours, couldnâ€™t help her,â€ he said.
The neighbour said Suraizaâ€™s family had been renting the house for more than two years, during which time, her 47-year-old jobless husband was rarely seen outside.
â€œWe used to see him while on the way to prayers but recently we only saw Suraiza and her kids. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve seen him out of the house this year,â€ he said.
The neighbour, who has lived in the area since 1981, said he would sometimes see Suraiza carrying packages of food into the house.
â€œWhen we asked where her husband was, she would tell us he was inside the house,â€ he said.