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Dublin man knifed to death on date in Sydney restaurant

By Martin Grant

Published 01/04/2016

Keith Collins. Source: Facebook
Keith Collins. Source: Facebook

An Irish man has been stabbed and killed while on what is believed to have been a first date at a Sydney restaurant.

Keith Collins (53), was stabbed in the neck and chest while his date Jovi Pilapil was also injured. Her ex-husband is the chief suspect.

Mr Collins was originally from Dublin but had been living in Terrigal on the Central Coast. He died at the scene at Kangam BBQ restaurant in Westfield Hornsby.

The father-of-one was the managing director of a successful Gosford packing company and had just returned from a business trip to China.

He was also president of the Terrigal Wamberal Sharks Junior Rugby League Club.

Mr Collins' daughter Aisling wrote on Facebook: "I love you more than anything dad, I'll forever be your girl no matter what."

Another relative, Audrey Jenkins, took to social media, writing: "Love you big bro. Please, please be at peace now. Xxxx"

Sue McInnes, a friend and former Terrigal Sharks member, said: "He was an amazing man who was so full of life and meant what he said. He had many of the boys from the club working for him and treated them like family and he was generous. He said he only made money because they worked well for him.

"He was a great community person too… he loved the kids and loved life… it's a very, very big loss."

Ms Pilapil, who was also stabbed in the incident, was able to run away and hide in an upstairs shop, where she collapsed.

It is believed the pair had arranged the meal after meeting on a dating website.

A witness said the devoted father desperately called out for help after he was attacked.

"He was yelling out 'help' and me and my mates were outside, we were freaking out and were like nah, we've got to help him," a man said.

"He was laying there and I was like, mate, calm down you will be all good, just keep calm," he added.

Australian media reported that the pair were stabbed by a man believed to be Ms Pilapil's ex-husband, Alexander Villaluna.

Witnesses said the alleged attacker calmly walked up and down the shopping centre's concourse, covered in blood and with the 20-centimetre knife in his hand, before being arrested by a female police officer.

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