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.