Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Irishman killed by dogs while on holiday

An Irishman was attacked and killed by two dogs yesterday when he went to take a photograph during a trip to one of Malaysia's top tourist destinations.

The victim, named as Maurice Sullivan (50) and originally from Galway, had been visiting an organic farm on Penang Island along with a woman identified as his Polish girlfriend when he was savaged by the dogs.

Penang police chief Ayub Yaakob said the couple had ventured onto the organic farm to take photos of its orchard when Mr Sullivan was attacked.

“They went there by themselves to the orchard, the owner was not there,” he added. “The girlfriend was some distance away when the dogs attacked the victim, one of them was very fierce.

“The girlfriend called the villagers for help, so they called the police but by the time they arrived he was not conscious. We are not sure whether he was already dead, but he was sent to hospital and pronounced dead.”

Reports suggested that the couple had stayed overnight at a nearby house and had been playing with the dogs the previous day.

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