A bizarre hand-written note was found next to the bloodstained and bound body of an Irishman who was allegedly murdered in a revenge attack on an island in Malaysia.
The man, named by police as 50-year-old Brian Patrick O’Reilly, who worked as an IT technician for a Singapore-based firm called First Lookout Marketing.
He apparently died after being bludgeoned with a heavy object, possibly a frying pan and pot, and stabbed in the stomach before having his throat cut at his flat in Penang, where he had lived for only a month.
An air conditioning engineer found the body of Mr O’Reilly, whose hands and feet were tied up, and a note that police believe was left by his killer.
The note read: “I respected the Police & Still Do But Justice Sometimes has to be Gained. I Hate you Mafia Kiling Scamers, I Love My Girl."
It was written a piece of paper with "The subtle art of not giving a f***" printed on it.
Police have launched a murder investigation and said they believe Mr O’Reilly was killed in revenge.
Investigators said he was allegedly involved in a scamming syndicate and had tricked the suspect’s younger sibling of a sum of money, the Sun Daily reported.
Mr O’Reilly was living alone at the the Bangunan MBF tower complex in George Town on the island of Penang, where his body was found on Monday night.
Local police commissioner Che Zaimani Che Awang confirmed that the man worked full-time for the local company.
The body was discovered by a property agent working for the man’s employer. It was that worker’s job it was to make sure staff had satisfactory living arrangements, the police commissioner added.
He said: “A check of the man’s home found a safe in one of the rooms had been ransacked and there were signs of a struggle."
The worker had been trying to gain access to the apartment to get the air conditioning unit repaired since Saturday.
The police said that when the property agent first knocked on the door, a man described as fair skinned answered and told him that the occupant was unwell and to leave him alone for the time being.
Police are investigating whether the person who answered the door was Mr O’Reilly’s killer.
The murder was discovered when the property agent returned Monday evening with a locksmith who opened the door.
The police commissioner told reporters: “As soon as he walked into the unit, he found the deceased’s body sprawled in the master bedroom, soaked in blood."
CCTV images show Mr O’Reilly entering the lift with three other men on Friday evening, and a few minutes later all four left the building.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, a lone man – believed to be the suspect – registered to enter the building.
He was seen leaving with a suitcase at about 12pm on Saturday and driving off in an Audi.
There were signs of a struggle inside the victim’s flat, said police.
Mr O’Reilly, who started working at his office in Penang just two weeks ago, had been dead for less than 24 hours, according to investigators.
Forensics officers reported that Mr O’Reilly was found with injuries to his head, which police suspect were due to blows from a frying pan and pot, stab wounds to his stomach and a slashed neck, the New Straits Times reported.
A postmortem was due to be carried out Tuesday.
No-one has been arrested.
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