Husband of Singaporean woman dies in fight with drunk man at Phuket hotel

A British national who was on vacation with his Singaporean wife and baby boy in Phuket died on Wednesday following a fight with a Norwegian man at a resort they were staying at, The Phuket News reported yesterday.

Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, had confronted 53-year-old Roger Bullman in the latter’s hotel room at about 4am for his rowdy disturbances in the wee hours of the morning.

Bajaj took a steak knife with him when he entered Bullman’s room, which was located next to his. The encounter soon escalated into a fight, during which Bajaj stabbed Bullman in his left shoulder. In retaliation, Bullman, a trained martial artist, gripped Bajaj in a chokehold until the Briton died.

Prior to the fight, hotel security officers had gone to Bullman’s room twice to tell him to quiet down, according to the report.

However, when that didn’t work, Bajaj decided to take the matter into his own hands and stand up to Bullman, who was apparently drunk the entire night.

Bullman, who was on holiday with his wife, has been charged for causing harm resulting in death.

Citing police officer Maj Ekkachai Siri, the report added that Bullman did not attempt to kill Bajaj.

The Norwegian, who is out on bail set at about S$9,000 (US$6,500), has to remain in Thailand until the charge is heard in court, the report said.

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