A British tourist has been choked to death in a hotel fight with a Norwegian martial arts expert after his wife said he had asked the man to keep the noise down.
Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, his wife and child were kept awake by the neighbouring guest late into Tuseday night in Phuket, Thailand.
Hotel security visited the room of Roger Bullman, 53, from Norway, but his uproarious balcony singing is said to have grown louder.
Mr Bajaj then allegedly grabbed a steak knife from his room and decided to confront Bullman at 4am on Wednesday.
Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, and his wife who, along with their child, was staying with him at the hotel in Phuket, Thailand
Roger Bullman (right) in custody on Wednesday morning, he has been charged with ‘causing harm resulting in death’ and was bailed
Karon Beach in Phuket, Thailand, close to where the Bajaj family were staying (stock image)
But Bullman, who was allegedly drunk, refused to lower his noise and continued yelling and singing. They started quarrelling before the row turned into a fight.
The suspect told police that Mr Bajaj first stabbed him in his left shoulder before he used his martial-art skills to grip the British man in a choke-hold and continued choking him to death as Mr Bajaj’s wife looked on.
Bullman was arrested in the morning at Karon police station. He told the police that he acted instinctively and was not intentionally trying to kill him.
Police Major Ekkachai Siri, of the Phuket Tourist Police, said that the Norwegian has been charged for ‘causing harm resulting in death’.
The police chief said: ‘Mr Bullman was drunk and causing so much noise that hotel security came to warn Mr Bullman twice.
‘Mr Bajaj carried a steak knife into Mr Bullman’s room. They started fighting and Mr Bajaj stabbed Mr Bullman in left shoulder.
‘Bullman has been released on bail by the Phuket Provincial Court. He now must remain in Thailand until the charge against (him) has been heard in court.
Police officers are pictured at the station in Phuket on Wednesday morning
‘Meanwhile, British consular officials are in contact with Mr Bajaj’s family and already inform them about his tragic death.’
Police Major Techin Deethongon from Karon police station said that Bullman was singing on his balcony between 1am and 2am which caused the argument.
The policeman said: ‘The husband came out to complain about the loud noise because the couple has a young child. They then started wrangling.’