Friday 22 March 2019

Two arrested after brutal murder of Irish citizen in Malaysia

Brian Patrick O’Reilly. Photo: PDRM
Brian Patrick O’Reilly. Photo: PDRM
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

Two people have been arrested after an Irish citizen was murdered in Malaysia.

A man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s have been held by police in the southeast Asian country.

IT technician Brian Patrick O'Reilly was found dead in an apartment in the state of Penang on Monday night. It is believed police found him with his hands and feet tied.

Local media said the man arrested is believed to be one of three to have last seen Mr O'Reilly on Friday night, according to police.

Mr O'Reilly, who is understood to have been from South Africa, had an Irish passport because his grandparents were Irish.

Local media reported Mr O'Reilly was bludgeoned with a heavy object which may have been a frying pan or pot, and stabbed in the stomach before having his throat cut.

It is also understood that a note was left by a person police believe to be the killer.

"I respected the police and still do but justice sometimes has to be gained. I hate you Mafia Kiling (sic) scammers, I love my girl," the note said.

It was written on notepaper that appears to be from the book 'The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F***'.

There was a post-mortem examination on Mr O'Reilly's body yesterday at Penang Hospital. The IT technician is believed to have only moved to Malaysia last month to work for Signapore-based company First Lookout Marketing.

Irish Independent

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