Australian man shot dead at Subic beach resort (Update)

Man shot over private life, colleague claims

Tim Elliott

Features and investigations journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald


Paul Davy was a mystery man - a "lovely guy" but a "harsh boss"; a "bit of a loner" but also "a man about town".

One thing is for sure: the 53-year-old Australian had a complicated private life, one part of which caught up with him on Saturday night when he was shot in the head, execution style, at a beachside bar in the Philippines.

"When a .45 bullet enters your head, it's a nasty experience," said Mick Hay, owner of the Blue Rock Beach Resort in Olongapo, near Subic Bay, where the murder took place. "I can tell you, because I was sitting right next to [Paul] when he got shot."

Mr Davy had been working for the past 3 years as the resort's general manager.

"He ran the place well," Mr Hay said. "He was strict but you have to be here."

The two men were talking in the restaurant when, about 7pm, a man in a blue shirt, baseball cap and glasses walked past Mr Hay, raised a pistol and fired a shot into Mr Davy's right temple.

"Paul collapsed on the ground and the [shooter] ran off," Mr Hay said. "He was still holding the gun so no one was game to tackle him. He then jumped on a scooter and took off." Mr Hay loaded Mr Davy into a van and raced to a hospital in Manila, where he survived for 40 minutes.

Senior Police Officer Nasser Abdulasul, from Olongapo Police, said police had interviewed staff at the resort where senior management had a reputation for harshness. "Some of the staff told us that there were some workers who had been laid off recently without compensation. So that is one motive."

But Mr Hay rejected this. "What happened to Paul had nothing to with Blue Rock. It has to do with his private life."

It is understood Mr Davy, who was from Toowoomba, had an estranged wife and adult daughter in Brisbane. He also had a partner in Angeles City, north of Olongapo. "He used to visit her every couple of weeks," Mr Hay said. "He had a little girl with her, a five-year-old. There was never a problem there. But Paul was what you would call a man about town. It was common knowledge. And so we're 90 per cent sure that his murder has to do with that."

Mr Hay said Mr Davy came to the Philippines seven years ago but that he had "no idea'' what he did before.

"In the Philippines it's a good idea not to ask too many questions,'' Mr Hay said.

Australian man shot dead at holiday resort

Goya Dmytryshchak

POLICE in the Philippines have confirmed that an Australian man was shot dead last night at a holiday resort near the capital of Manila.

Paul Dean Davy, 52, general manager at the Blue Rock Beach Resort in Olangapo, on Baloy Long Beach, was shot once in the back of the head with a .45 gun, police said.

Senior officer Tyrone Tecson, of Olongapo police, said a witness told police that Mr Davy had been talking to another Australian man at a Blue Rock beachside restaurant when he was approached from behind.

''Last night, around 7pm, he was shot by an unidentified assailant inside the Blue Rock Resort, the one he was managing,'' he said.

  The man was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital where he later died.

''He was just approached from behind while Paul Davy was talking to a fellow Australian.

''It was in the middle portion of the Blue Rock restaurant, in the customer-receiving area.

''When we arrived, still there were lots of customers.''

Officer Tecson indicated that Mr Davy knew his attacker.

''It's an isolated case,'' he said.

The shooter was described as a man of Filipino appearance aged 30-35 who was wearing clear prescription glasses and a blue cap.

An employee at Blue Rock Resort was unable to comment.

Police are in the process of preparing a report for the Australian Embassy at the time of writing.

posted by JC on 2013-04-06

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