Irishman working for Singapore firm found murdered in Penang condo

Police found a cryptic note near the victim, identified as Mr Brian Patrick O'Reilly. The IT manager worked for a Singapore-based company, a media report said.
Police found a cryptic note near the victim, identified as Mr Brian Patrick O'Reilly. The IT manager worked for a Singapore-based company, a media report said. PHOTO: SIN CHEW DAILY

GEORGE TOWN • An information technology manager from Ireland was found murdered in his Penang condominium unit, along with a cryptic note.

George Town police chief Che Zaimani Che Awang said the victim, identified as Mr Brian Patrick O'Reilly, 50, was posted to Penang by Singapore-based company First Lookout Marketing, The Star Online reported.

He said that the police believe Mr O'Reilly, who moved in to the condominium at Bangunan MBF in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah on Feb 4, was hit with a pot and a frying pan, stabbed in the stomach and slashed in the neck.

Mr Che Zaimani said the police on Monday also found a handwritten note near the victim which 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."

The note was written on a piece of paper which appeared to be torn from the popular self-help book The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F***.

The body was discovered by a property agent who wanted to get from Mr O'Reilly the keys to his office, which was next door, to fix the air-conditioning there, the New Straits Times reported.

"The property agent had contacted the deceased last Saturday to get the keys from him but to no avail," said the police chief.

"When he failed to reach the deceased, the property agent, along with a representative from the condominium management, had gone to his unit.

"As soon as they knocked on the door, a fair-skinned man walked out, informing them the deceased was unwell and all appointments had to be cancelled."

When another attempt by the property agent to contact Mr O'Reilly on Monday failed, he called the victim's company in Singapore, which advised him to get help from a locksmith to enter the residential unit.

There they found the Irishman's body, soaked in blood lying in the master bedroom.

Mr Che Zaimani said the surveillance camera in the lobby of the condominium showed four men - one Indian and three Caucasians, including the deceased - entering a lift to his unit on level 12 last Friday evening, Sin Chew Daily reported.

All four of them left the building minutes later.

"Early on Saturday, a man had registered himself to go up to the deceased's unit," said Mr Che Zaimani.

"And around noon the same day, a man carrying a suitcase and believed to be the suspect left the building in an Audi."

"The deceased is believed to have been dead for less than 24 hours before he was found," he said, adding that the victim's hands and legs had been tied up.

A post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death was to be carried out yesterday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2019, with the headline 'Irishman working for S'pore firm found murdered in Penang condo'. Print Edition | Subscribe