Brit widow tells of moment Norwegian burst into hotel room at 4am and choked husband to death   


Bandhna Bajaj's husband Amitpal Singh Bajaj was killed in a 4am attack at his Thai hotel

Bandhna Bajaj’s husband Amitpal Singh Bajaj was killed in a 4am attack at his Thai hotel

A British mother has told of the terrifying moment a crazed Norwegian bodybuilder broke into her hotel room completely naked and throttled her husband as he tried to protect her.

Bandhna Bajaj said she grabbed her two-year-old son and ran for her life as unhinged martial arts expert Roger Bullman smashed his way through a wooden partition separating their balconies and strangled British IT expert, Amitpal Singh Bajaj.

Breaking her silence, Mrs Bajaj said: ‘My husband is hero. He fought off this naked stranger who got into our room and saved the lives of me and our young son.’

Bullman, 54, has admitted to the killing on August 21 at the five-star Centara Grand Hotel in the Thai resort of Phuket. He has gone on the run after being given bail and police in Thailand have launched a huge manhunt.

Mrs Bajaj slammed the decision by the Thai authorities to release Bullman him only 12 hours after he throttled her husband with his bare hands.  

Mrs Bajaj and her IT expert husband (both pictured), from London, were staying at the five star Centara Grand Hotel in the resort of Phuket, Thailand when he was killed on August 21

Mrs Bajaj and her IT expert husband (both pictured), from London, were staying at the five star Centara Grand Hotel in the resort of Phuket, Thailand when he was killed on August 21

Mr Bajaj (pictured kissing his young son) heard arguing and objects being thrown in the room next door before Norwegian bodyguard Robert Bullman burst in and choked him to death

Mr Bajaj (pictured kissing his young son) heard arguing and objects being thrown in the room next door before Norwegian bodyguard Robert Bullman burst in and choked him to death

Bullman was released on bail by police in Thailand 12 hours after the killing and he has since gone on the run. Here he is pictured relaxing in a hotel swimming pool just before vanishing

Bullman was released on bail by police in Thailand 12 hours after the killing and he has since gone on the run. Here he is pictured relaxing in a hotel swimming pool just before vanishing

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ‘He would never have been given bail if this had happened in the UK . The police would have been more responsible.’ 

Mrs Bajaj slammed the decision by the Thai authorities to release Bullman him only 12 hours after he throttled her husband with his bare hands.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ‘He would never have been given bail if this had happened in the UK . The police would have been more responsible.’

Reliving the moment father-of-one Mr Bajaj was attacked, his widow said: ‘Bullman suddenly appeared in our room. He was red in the face, fully naked, and charged quickly towards us while making animalistic sounds.

‘He was kicking and punching all the time. I said into the phone words to the effect of ‘he’s in … come quickly … send someone’.

She rejected police claims that Bullman had been ‘singing opera’ and this had led her husband to complain to the hotel.

She insisted the first time they saw him was when he was charging towards their bed.

‘Around midnight, we started hearing noises and general rowdiness from the room next door,’ she said.

Mrs Bajaj slammed the Thai authorities' decision to free Bullman on bail after he admitted killing her husband. The 54-year-old was pictured in Thailand shortly before he absconded

Mrs Bajaj slammed the Thai authorities’ decision to free Bullman on bail after he admitted killing her husband. The 54-year-old was pictured in Thailand shortly before he absconded

Bullman, a Norwegian martial arts expert, is pictured by a Thai police officer in the hotel after being stabbed in the shoulder with a butter knife during the scuffle with his victim Mr Bajaj

Bullman, a Norwegian martial arts expert, is pictured by a Thai police officer in the hotel after being stabbed in the shoulder with a butter knife during the scuffle with his victim Mr Bajaj

The decision to release Bullman (pictured on bail) has angered his victim's widow. Mrs Bajaj said: 'He would never have been given bail if this had happened in the UK.'

The decision to release Bullman (pictured on bail) has angered his victim’s widow. Mrs Bajaj said: ‘He would never have been given bail if this had happened in the UK.’

Bullman (pictured) and his wife Elvira had flown to Phuket from Oslo via Bangkok on August 17 on a two-week package holiday

Norwegian bodybuilder Bullman (pictured) faces trial in Thailand over the killing on August 21 - four days after he arrived

Bullman (pictured) and his lover Elvira had flown to Phuket from Oslo via Bangkok on August 17 on a two-week package holiday. His wife told police she slept through the whole incident

‘This was the first time we heard any sounds from there. We could hear objects being thrown around, with the man swearing ‘f*** you’ many times. It sounded like there was a man abusing a lady, though we could not tell if any of the objects that we heard were being thrown actually hit her.

‘We did hear her scream two or three times during this episode, as if she was being attacked.

‘I recall my husband saying, ‘I am fearing for my life’. The man’s speech was very powerful and angry. This continued until about 1am. I was awake the whole time.

‘I was genuinely frightened and fearful and suggested to Amitpal that we should call the hotel reception.

‘He thought otherwise. He was concerned that if we were to call them, the man would find out that we had complained and may want to harm us.

‘He said that we should just wait it out and that the episode would die down on its own.

Mr Bajaj, originally from west London, who was living in Singapore, had been celebrating his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife. He died shortly after being taken to hospital

Mr Bajaj, originally from west London, who was living in Singapore, had been celebrating his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife. He died shortly after being taken to hospital

‘By this time, Veer had awoken. I gave him some milk and turned on some white noise on my phone so that he could get back to sleep, which he did.

‘My husband and I prayed together and eventually there was silence.

‘But I could not get back to sleep and shortly after 2am, the noise started up again.

‘I searched for the phone number of the hotel reception on Google and saved it in my phone. At about 2.46am, I called this number to test if it was the right one.

‘The call lasted about five seconds. Shortly thereafter, things quietened down somewhat. My husband went to sleep, but I kept awake and used my phone.’

She said that shortly before 4am the loud noises from the next room started again.

‘I heard some loud noises from next door. This time, it sounded as if the noises were moving very quickly towards our balcony.

‘I woke my husband up and he said he thought someone was going to break into our room, and that I should quickly call for help.’

Her phone log showed she placed a call at 3.58am and made a second call a few minutes later to tell the reception that Bullman had broken down the wooden partition separating the rooms.

Mrs Bajaj (pictured with her husband) said he was a hero for confronting his killer while she escaped the room and fled with the married couple's two-year-old son, Veer

 Mrs Bajaj (pictured with her husband) said he was a hero for confronting his killer while she escaped the room and fled with the married couple’s two-year-old son, Veer

Her third call was made as Bullman entered the room.

‘I had never encountered, seen or heard Bullman before and had no idea who this complete stranger was and why he had barged into our room in the middle of the night for no apparent reason.

‘He looked all charged up and very focused on attacking us. My husband came between me and Bullman and told me to quickly leave with Veer.

‘Bullman was raining blows on my husband, who had raised his arms in self-protection.

‘There was a huge struggle during which I sustained a large bruise on my right arm.

‘As I was leaving, I turned around and saw that my husband was on the floor, halfway out of the main door.

‘He was not moving and looked unconscious. I also saw Bullman, who looked angry that my son and I were escaping. At this point, Veer was still asleep.

‘While I was running away, I could hear Bullman from within the room, shouting threateningly at me and saying something like ‘where are you’ or ‘where are you going’.

‘I ran to the lift, went down two floors, and took the stairs the rest of the way down. I then took cover beneath the stairs amongst the trees, from where I had a view of the corridors and the entrance to our room.

‘I hid because I felt that Bullman was trying to get to me.

‘I thought I saw a figure running about and screaming, but could not see clearly as I was not wearing my spectacles. I was fearful of peeking out too much lest Bullman notice me.’

As she hid in the trees, she placed five more calls to the hotel reception asking for help for her husband.

Security officials arrived to find Mr Bajaj lying prostrate outside their room with Bullman continuing to hold him in a choke hold.

Police arrested a crying Bullman minutes later and he was charged with manslaughter before being allowed his freedom on bail.

Security officials were twice called to ask Bullman, a bodyguard, to refrain from waking guests next to his room 344 at the plush Centara Grand Hotel in the holiday resort of Phuket (above)

Security officials were twice called to ask Bullman, a bodyguard, to refrain from waking guests next to his room 344 at the plush Centara Grand Hotel in the holiday resort of Phuket (above)

Police in Thailand search the room where the British father - who was on holiday celebrating his tenth wedding anniversary - died from his injuries in the early hours of August 21

Police in Thailand search the room where the British father – who was on holiday celebrating his tenth wedding anniversary – died from his injuries in the early hours of August 21 

Bullman killed Mr Bajaj by putting him a choke hold during a melee as his victim stabbed him with a butter knife. Bullman then dragged him on to a walkway in front of their rooms (above)

Bullman killed Mr Bajaj by putting him a choke hold during a melee as his victim stabbed him with a butter knife. Bullman then dragged him on to a walkway in front of their rooms (above)  

Mrs Bajaj said she left Thailand on the same day her husband died and did not know Bullman had been given his freedom until she read about in on Mail Online after arriving back in Singapore.

Police in Thailand say they are conducting a huge manhunt for Bullman who has vanished after failing to appear at Phuket Provincial Court as part of his bail conditions.

Bullman’s lawyer Sulman Hussain, who is based in Oslo, said he had been unable to reach his client and had no clue to his whereabouts.

He said Bullman had told him he intended to appear at his trial and tell a court how he came to kill Mr Bajaj.

He was seen sunning himself and swimming in a hotel pool when he should have been in court to assess his bail days before he vanished.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been urged to help ensure the Bullman isn’t allowed to flee back to his native Norway.

Mr Raab and MP Virendra Sharma, who represents Ealing Southall where the family of the victim live, have been told of the family’s fears that Bullman will attempt to flee overseas.

Britian’s United Sikhs association, which has been supporting Mrs Bajaj, said Thai officials should have known Bullman was ‘an obvious flight risk’.

The organisation contacted the MPs on behalf of Mr Bajaj’s parents, who live in Southall, London.

A spokeswoman said: ‘The family requested an urgent meeting and assistance as they fear that there is a real risk that Roger Bullman will abscond and justice will be denied to Amitpal Singh’s family.’

They have asked Mr Raab to raise an objection to Bullman’s bail on the grounds that he will flee and for Interpol to be alerted.

Mr Bajaj’s family fear he has already slipped out of Thailand, but Phuket police say they are confident he will be re-arrested and put in jail until his trial.



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