By TAN SIN CHOW and ANN TAN
GEORGE TOWN: An Irish tourist died after he was attacked by two dogs at an organic farm in Teluk Bahang, about 25km from here.
The ears of Maurice Sullivan, 50, were bitten off and his chin was almost torn off in the attack which occurred at about 10am yesterday.
He also suffered bites on his body.
The cause of death has not been determined as it is learnt that the victim could have suffered a heart attack because of the trauma.
Sullivan, a volunteer helper, had gone to the farm with his 28-year-old Polish friend Agnieszka Jablonska to photograph organic plants there.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Mohd Hatta Mohd Zain said Jablonska had then walked to another part of the farm to take photographs of plants, leaving Sullivan alone before the attack.
“We are investigating why the canines attacked Sullivan,” Supt Mohd Hatta said, adding that the case was now classified as sudden death.
Jablonska, who works as a welfare home caretaker in Ireland, said Sullivan was visiting Penang as a voluntary environmentalist.
“He invited me to join him. We had earlier visited Grik in Perak and Pahang before arriving here,” she said.
Jablonska said they had known each other for 10 years and dated for a few years.
“I arrived in Malaysia on Nov 11 and was scheduled to leave on Feb 11. Maurice had been here since August.
“I do not want to stay here any longer. I want to leave immediately,” she said.
A post-mortem will be carried out at the Penang Hospital by senior consultant forensic pathologist Datuk Dr Bhupinder Singh at 9am today.