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Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

Norwegian tourist charged for killing British man at Phuket resort

PHUKET: A Norwegian tourist has been charged with killing a British man after the two were fighting over the Norwegian causing too much noise in his hotel room at 4am at a resort on Phuket’s west coast.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 22 August 2019, 04:52PM

Norwegian tourist Roger Bullman (right), 53, arrives at Karon Police Station to answer questions after the deadly fight early yesterday morning (Aug 21). Photo: Tourist Assistance Centre (TAC)

Norwegian tourist Roger Bullman (right), 53, arrives at Karon Police Station to answer questions after the deadly fight early yesterday morning (Aug 21). Photo: Tourist Assistance Centre (TAC)

UPDATE: Karon Chief Police Col Prawit Sutthirueangarun and Maj Techin Deethongon of the Karon Police, who responded to the incident, have since given a much more comprehensive explanation of the sequence of events that occured, including Norwegian tourist Roger Bullman admitting that he broke into Mr Bajaj's room by breaking through the balcony door and admitting that he held Mr Bajaj in a choke hold.

Mr Bullman has now been charged with manslaughter and trespass by using violence. To see the full updated story, click here.

Maj Ekkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police named the Norwegian as 53-year-old Roger Bullman, from Oslo.

The incident occurred at at a resort in Karon early yesterday morning (Aug 21), Maj Ekkachai told The Phuket News today.

British national Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, came to Phuket on holiday with his wife, who is a Singaporean national, and their one-year-and-eight-month-old baby boy, also a Singaporean national, he added.

Mr Bullman and his wife were staying in the room next to the Bajaj family.

“Mr Bullman was drunk and causing so much noise that hotel security came to warn Mr Bullman twice,” Maj Ekkachai said.

At about 4am, Mr Bajaj confronted Mr Bullman over the noise, and a fight ensued.


“Mr Bajaj carried a steak knife into Mr Bullman’s room. They started fighting and Mr Bajaj stabbed Mr Bullman in left shoulder,” he explained.

“Then Mr Bullman had Mr Bajaj in a choke hold, and continued to choke him,” he added.

“Mr Bullman had previously been trained in marital arts, but he said he did not attempt to kill Mr Bajaj. He didn’t think that Mr Bajaj had died,” Maj Ekkachai said.

Mr Bullman has been charged with causing harm to another person resulting in death, Maj Ekkachai confirmed.

He has been released on bail by the Phuket Provincial Court, he added.

Maj Ekkachai declined to confirm the bail amount, but Norwegian media have already reported that the amount was 60,000 kroner (About B200,000).

Mr Bullman now must remain in Thailand until the charge against has been heard in court, Maj Ekkachai said.

British consular officials are in contact with Mr Bajaj’s family, he added.

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Kurt | 25 August 2019 - 09:35:04

It is about a steak knife, not about just a fruit knife or 'burger' knife, guys.

DeKaaskopp | 24 August 2019 - 18:15:19

Wrong K,especially in SEA i had the same experience as G.with those fruit baskets and straight bladed steak knives.And whenever i ordered a burger while staying in a hotel room it came with a fork and a knife.Maybe you never ordered them or the hotels were low class if they didn't provide a knife.

GerryT81 | 24 August 2019 - 15:57:53

Kurt,I can't remember being with you in the same room wherever i stayed.So please tell me how do you know what those fruit baskets came with.And i don't know where you eat your burger,but in a better restaurant they are served with a knife and yes,if it is a big burger i would use the knife.

Kurt | 24 August 2019 - 15:29:12

Sorry GerryT81. Fruit baskets never come with a steak knife. And any kind of burger by room service never comes with any knife.  No one needs a knife to eat a burger. Do you?

GerryT81 | 24 August 2019 - 15:00:54

@Sajanee I have found multiple times a fruit basket with a steak knife on arrival as a welcome gift in different hotels.And a vegetarian could have ordered for example a veggie burger via room service.And whoops,guess what,the meal will come with a steak knife.Even you should understand now that there could be always the possibility of a knife laying around the room.

Kurt | 24 August 2019 - 13:23:37

Is a thai 4-5 start hotel providing steak knives in their hotel rooms? I visited friends in that hotel, there were no kitchen facilities at all in their rooms.

Christy Sweet | 24 August 2019 - 13:01:41

I don't eat meat and I have about 5 steak knives. However I  wasn't aware of the more dictating  usage only upon on steak. 

Sajanee | 24 August 2019 - 11:37:14

@Gerry,  do you normally find steak knives in hotel rooms?  I never did see one lying around in any of the hotels i stayed in my worldwide travels.    And I am non-vegetarian.  

GerryT81 | 23 August 2019 - 21:58:10

@Sajanee,sorry that doesn't top my list.Not even top 500.Being drunk and naked and breaking in somewhere isn't ridiculous,it's more like mentally deranged.But as you obviously are not the brightest,i better not ask you what "not using a steak knife has to do with being vegetarian".Do vegetarians never touch a steak knife?

Sajanee | 23 August 2019 - 13:58:39

And to top your ridiculous list Gerry,  Bullman was drunk and totally naked when he broke into the Bajaj room.  

amorn27phuket | 23 August 2019 - 13:07:46

This is full of rubbish! 
how is he given bail. And the story is one sided. 

GerryT81 | 23 August 2019 - 13:02:11

"There was no steak knife involved.Moreover,they are vegetarian"!!!Uuhmm,yes.I have read many ridiculous comments/statements on here,but the last part of the quoted comment made it immediately into my personal top 5.

Sajanee | 23 August 2019 - 12:13:20

And the fact that a murderer can so easily get bail.... disgusting!

Sajanee | 23 August 2019 - 12:10:55

Then why did Bullman chase the wife?  Clearly, it's because she was the only witness to the crime.  It is shameful that the media can come out with such a concocted version of the event.

Sajanee | 23 August 2019 - 12:07:06

All this happened at Centara hotel but the news has been twisted as it most often is to protect the villain and make a buck from him.  There are people who become aggressive when drunk and Bullman is a clear example.  Otherwise why the intrusion into a neighbour's room in the late hours?  As a martial arts trainer, his intention to kill is obvious.  And he did not know that Bajaj was dead?  

Andy | 23 August 2019 - 10:43:39

Given bail - unbelievable.

Samsingh131 | 22 August 2019 - 23:58:06

After choking Amit, Bullman started chasing the wife. She hid in the bushes for 20 mins till he was gone before she went to the reception which was quite a distance from her room. All this happened at Centara Phuket. There was no steak knife involved. Moreover, they’re vegetarian

Samsingh131 | 22 August 2019 - 23:57:06

Pls note that this news has been distorted.  I have checked with relatives and must clarify.
The Bajaj family were asleep and this Norwegian guy intruded into their room thru the balcony.  This hulk started beating up Amitpal.  His wife quickly called reception but at 4am service was very slow.  Amit told his wife to run off to the reception fearing his family’s safety.  (Please see next commen

j19 | 22 August 2019 - 18:13:41

i heard this happened at Centara Grand Hotel - really shocking, although the story doesn't make complete sense...hopefully the police will do a good investigation

flash1236 | 22 August 2019 - 18:00:54

Looks like a complete lie to me! Why would Mr BAJAJ bring a knife when his intention was to sort the problem out. 

Why would Mr BAJAJ risk an unnecessary fight when he is on a holiday with his wife, and a 1 year old baby?

Also could we have the name of the hotel this happened at, please!

Doesn’t make sense. 

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