The girlfriend of an Irishman who was mauled to death by a dogs in Malaysia has spoken out about her anguish and witnessing the deadly attack.
Maurice Sullivan (50) died on January 9 after he attacked by two cross bread dogs at Teluk Behan, on the tourist resort of Penang.
His Polish girlfriend, Agnieszka Jablonska said the couple had been receiving room and board on an organic farm in exchange for work, when the attack occurred.
Jablonska recalls there being four dogs on the premises and while "they looked scary enough, we were assured they were okay".
The pair had been planting trees on the day of the attack.
"Maurice went back to the house to ask the farmer's wife, to discuss some issues about the planting. He said 'I will be back in a second'," she told the Irish Independent.
"I heard him scream. I ignored the first scream, I just thought he was messing. Then he screamed again. I ran over to see what was happening.
"I saw the dogs pulling his leg trying to make him fall down."
The 29-year-old Polish national admits she was choking back tears as her boyfriend asked her for help, but she didn’t know what to do.
"I begged him to tell me what to do. I was feeling completely helpless," she added.
She said the dogs then began biting his head after he fell to the ground as the owners wife tried to protect him.
Sullivan told his girlfriend he was finding it hard to breathe after the attack and died minutes later.
Jablonska, who lives in Galway said the owners of the farm were fined just over €900 ($1312 by a magistrate's court in Malaysia after pleading guilty to four counts of failing to put collars on the animals or provide licences for the dogs.
She says that the most important thing for her is that it was acknowledged that her boyfriend was killed.
“There is no mention in all of it. I want more awareness that things like this are happening all the time," she said.
"The dogs were not put down afterwards. Maurice died and on the same day I was promised they would be put down. There's still a question mark over that."