An Indonesian woman in her forties was allegedly killed in Bercham – in Perak, Malaysia – by a male client at his house, where she had been scheduled to do cleaning work.

At 3:30pm on Monday, a 34-year-old man of Malay origin surrendered at Bercham police station for a suspected murder at his house, Nanyang Siang Pau (Malaysia) reported.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Sum Chang Keong said the man admitted and apologized for his wrongdoing. Officers arrested him immediately.

Officers who went to the house in Taman Pusat Bercham – a residential area for retired civil servants – said they found the Indonesian woman lying in a pool of blood in a hallway between the kitchen and living room.

The victim, who appeared to be dead, had injuries on her face and at the back of her head. Three of her fingers had also been chopped off.

Preliminary inquiries suggested that the victim woman came to the man’s unit alone to do household chores. No third party was involved in the incident, which occurred between 2pm and 3:30pm.

The police also found a parang (a machete) in the house, which was found to have been the weapon that severed the victim’s fingers.

A family member of the murder suspect told reporters that the man involved had been taking medicine for a mental health condition. In recent years he had complained of hearing voices in his head.

Police said they would continue investigating the case and following Section 302 of the Penal Code for the murder.