District 11 of Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

Four Indonesian men who had been accused of severely injuring an 83-year-old woman while robbing her home in a small town in the Malaysian state of Selangor last Wednesday have now been charged with robbery-murder after the victim was pronounced dead in hospital four days later.

On December 13, four men dismantled parts of a wooden wall in order to break into the shack of the elderly woman in District 11 of Seri Kembangan, Selangor, China Press reported.

The victim was found lying unconscious on the floor, with heavy bruises on her face and both legs. She was sent to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead four days later from a cerebral hemorrhage.

Preliminary police investigation found that the woman had been badly beaten by the robbers, who took cash and valuables worth 2,000 ringgit (US$490) from her home.

A few shoe prints were left in the house. On the same day of the robbery, police in the neighborhood intercepted four Indonesian men who failed to produce any identifications, and confiscated their shoes for further examinations.

They will now be detained until December 31 to assist in the investigation of the robbery-murder case.

The crime was discovered by a visiting female relative of the victim who grew suspicious when no one answered the door.