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A 34-year-old Indonesian woman was found dead at Golden Dragon Hotel in Geylang on Sunday night (Dec 30).
The police said they received a call for assistance at 61 Westerhout Road at 10.45pm and found the woman lying motionless inside a room.
She was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
Stomp understands that she had marks on her neck and bruises on her arms.
A 29-year-old man was identified as a suspect and arrested within 14 hours of the report being lodged, said the police in a statement on Monday (Dec 31).
Both the victim and the suspect are known to each another.
According to Lianhe Wanbao, the woman is believed to a domestic worker from Indonesia while the man is a work permit holder from Bangladesh.
The pair, believed to be a couple, had checked in to the hotel at around 5pm, said an employee who declined to be named.
They had originally booked a room for three hours ($40), but the man later approached the reception desk and requested to book the room for another two hours ($30).
After noticing that five hours had passed, hotel staff went upstairs to check and knocked on the room door. However, nobody answered.
Sensing something amiss, the staff used a key to unlock the room and found someone lying on the bed while covered with a blanket from head to toe.
Hotel staff removed the blanket and discovered the woman, who was unresponsive.
The suspect will be charged in court on Jan 2 for murder.
Police investigations are ongoing.