Police believe key suspect in murder of Irishman has left Malaysia

Police believe key suspect in murder of Irishman has left Malaysia
Brian Patrick O'Reilly

Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of an Irishman in Malaysia on Monday - though police believe a key suspect has left the country.

Brian Patrick O'Reilly (50) was found dead in his apartment in George Town, Penang, having apparently been beaten with a pot and frying pan, stabbed in the stomach, and slashed across the neck.

Local media have reported that an Indian man and a Chinese woman were arrested in connection with the killing, but that a “fair-skinned foreign man” was also wanted for questioning.

It was also reported that a safe in Mr O’Reilly’s apartment has been ransacked.

“We have evidence to show the suspect we are looking for has left the country and have put up his name as a wanted person through the Interpol network,” Penang police chief T. Narenasagaran told the South China Morning Post.

A note found at the scene read: "I respected the police & still do but justice sometimes has to be gained. I hate you mafia killing scamers [sic], I love my girl and she is dead".

The note was apparently written on a page torn from the first page of the book 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***'.

Mr O’Reilly’s body was reportedly found by a property agent who had made a number of attempts to access the apartment to fix an air conditioner.

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