Devastated wife of British father, 34, choked to death in Thai noise row says he ‘sacrificed his life’ to save both her and their toddler son
- Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, complained about noise in the hotel in Phuket, Thailand
- He was allegedly choked to death by Roger Bullman, 53, in the fight Wednesday
- Martial arts expert Bullman went after Bajaj ‘when he stabbed him with a knife’
- Mr Bajai’s wife Bandhna, 34, said her husband told her to leave and save their son
- She ‘hid under a tree’ with two-year-old Veer and called reception to ask for help
The wife of a Briton killed in a confrontation with a Norwegian martial artist has described him as ‘my hero.’
Bandhna Kaur Bajaj, 34, said her husband Amitpal screamed for her to take their two-year-old son Veer to safety as he was choked to death.
Mrs Bajaj said the alleged killer Roger Bullman, 53, barged into their hotel room at the resort of Karon in Phuket, Thailand after a row over noise.
She said: ‘He just started charging at my husband. And we wanted to make an exit but he just came running, hitting my husband.
Bandhna Kaur Bajaj, 34, has said her husband Amitpal, pictured together, is her ‘hero’ after he ‘sacrificed his life’ to save her and their two-year-old son Veer. Mr Bajai was choked to death in Thailand on Wednesday morning
‘My husband tried to block the man and move me and my son away.
‘As the man was kicking, punching and just, beating him up, my husband told me to please leave and save our son. He said, “Please just go, go, save Veer”.
She said as she took their young child, she saw her husband fall to the ground.
Mrs Bajai said: ‘I knew that my life was in danger and my baby’s life was in danger. So I hid under a tree.
‘I called the reception, and I asked the reception to please make sure someone attends to my husband. I said “Please give him some medical help, I’m very scared, I’ve escaped.” I could still hear him screaming. I didn’t want to be attacked.’
Police found her husband had been choked to death and arrested Bullman.
She added: ‘My husband sacrificed his life to save my son’s life and mine. He will always be our hero.’
Norwegian Roger Bullman, 53, (right) in custody on Wednesday morning, has been charged with ‘causing harm resulting in death’ and was bailed
Mr Bajaj, from Southall, London and his wife were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. Mr and Mrs Bajaj met when they were 18 at a friend’s wedding.
Police said hotel security visited the room of Bullman, 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.
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 arts skills to grip the British man in a choke-hold and continued choking him to death as Mrs Bajaj looked on.
Mr Baja, pictured, died at around 4am on Wednesday. His wife said she hid under a tree with their son and could hear her husband screaming from inside the hotel room
Bullman was arrested 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.’
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