Interpol launches hunt for Norwegian bodybuilder who killed a British father in Thailand
Roger Bullman fled after being bailed on August 21 for the murder of IT consultant Amitpal Singh Bajaj in Phuket (photo: on bail)
Interpol has launched a worldwide hunt for the bodybuilder that has smothered a British father in a Thai hotel and then fled the country.
Roger Bullman fled after being bailed on August 21 for the murder of IT consultant Amitpal Singh Bajaj.
Interpol giving a warning about the & # 39; dangerous & # 39; 6 ft 2 in Norwegian bodybuilder, makes a ridiculous decision by the Thai prosecutor to give him bail in the first place.
Bullman told detectives that he had strangled Mr. Bajaj after breaking into his hotel suite where he slept with his wife and their young son.
Despite his confession to a crime that involves a maximum prison sentence of 15 years, the police let him go and escaped Thailand and came across the border to Cambodia.
Now senior police sources in Phuket say the 54-year-old former bodyguard is in Vietnam and last Friday visited the Norwegian embassy in Hanoi where he reported that he had lost his passport and requested a replacement.
The Thai police contacted the embassy and warns that Bullman is a fugitive wanted for manslaughter.
Interpol has been called in to coordinate the hunt and to cooperate with both Vietnamese and Thai police.
Mr. Bajaj's family made the decision of the Thai authorities to release Bullman just 12 hours after he had smothered his victim and warned that he could flee (photo: Mr. Bajaj with his wife Bandhna)
Mrs. Bajaj said: & # 39; My husband is a hero. He fought against this naked stranger who entered our room and saved the lives of me and our young son. & # 39; (photo: Mr. Bajaj and his two-year-old son Veer)
An investigation is underway in Phuket to determine how Bullman has escaped and what assistance he has received.
Bullman disappeared less than a day after MailOnline tracked him down to a beachside guesthouse in Karon, Phuket.
The & # 39; deranged & # 39; Murderer told MailOnline that he was afraid of the possible long prison sentence he was facing.
He used his credit card for the last time on August 31 in Phuket, skipped bail and litigation and started his bid for freedom.
Mr. Bajaj's family refused the Thai authorities' decision to free Bullman, just 12 hours after he had smothered his victim and warned that he could flee.
In a statement they said: & While the relatives of Amitpal Singh Bajaj, brutally strangled by Roger Bullman, we are angry, shocked, sad, and bewildered by the extension of the bail to Bullman, who has not reported to the courts as required.
& # 39; We are stunned why the authorities have allowed a self-proclaimed murderer to roam the streets of Phuket where he could potentially pose a deadly threat to other innocent parties.
Bullman was himself seen sunbathing and swimming in a hotel pool when he should have been in court to assess his bail before he disappeared
Bullman (photo) had flown from Oslo via Bangkok to Bangkok on 17 August during a two-week package trip
& # 39; Bullman would never have received a bail if this had happened in the UK. The police would have been more responsible & # 39 ;, she added.
Mr Bajaj's widow Bandhna told how Bullman broke into the hotel room where she was staying with her husband and toddler son Veer.
Mrs. Bajaj, 34, said she and her husband heard a woman scream and objects were thrown into the adjacent Bullman hotel room in the early hours.
She grabbed her two-year-old son and ran for her life as Bullman, who had been drinking, beating her way through a wooden partition that separated their balconies at the five-star Centara Grand Hotel.
Mrs. Bajaj said: & Bullman suddenly appeared in our room. He was red in the face, completely naked, and rushed towards us as he made animal noises.
& # 39; He kicked and bumped all the time. I said in the phone words about the effect of & # 39; he is in … come quickly … send someone & # 39 ;.
The wife of Amitpal Singh Bajaj, Bhandha Kaur Bajaj, during an exclusive interview with MailOnline in Singapore
Security officials were twice called to ask Bullman, a bodyguard, not to wake guests beside his room 344 at the luxurious Centara Grand Hotel in the Phuket resort (above).
She added: & # 39; My husband is a hero. He fought against this naked stranger who entered our room and saved the lives of me and our young son. & # 39;
The Bajaj family is supposed to be in contact with Norwegian officials in Hanoi to prevent Bullman from reaching Norway and bringing him back to Thailand.
& # 39; We want justice. Bullman must stand in court and be punished for killing Amiptal & a friend said.
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