A British man was choked to death in Thailand after he told another hotel guest to keep their noise down.
According to the New York Post, Amitpal Singh Bajaj,34, was staying at a hotel in Phuket with his wife and child when they heard noises from the room next door. Bajaj complained to hotel staff when the noise continued for two hours on Wednesday morning and security guards spoke to Roger Bullman,53, to keep the noise down. However, Bullman continued to sing loudly from his balcony between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. and Bajaj allegedly grabbed a steak knife from his room to confront Bullman around 4 a.m.
The men started arguing then fighting after Bullman continued to scream and sing while being intoxicated. Bullman told police that Bajaj stabbed him in the left shoulder before he grabbed him and placed him in a chokehold since he was an expert in martial arts. He continued to choke Bajaj to death while his wife watched in horror.
Officers from the Karon police station arrested Bullman and he told police that he did not intend to kill Bajaj but acted out of instinct. Police Major Ekkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Police said in a statement that Bullman is charged with causing harm resulting in death.
” Bullman has been released on bail by the Phuket Provincial Court. He now must remain in Thailand until the charge against has been heard in court. Meanwhile, British consular officials are in contact with Mr. Bajaj’s family and already inform them about his tragic death.”
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