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Wife pays tribute to ‘hero’ husband killed following fight about noise at Phuket hotel

 

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The wife of a British man killed following a confrontation with a Norwegian tourist at a Phuket hotel earlier this week has paid tribute to her husband.

 

Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, from London, had been staying at a hotel in the Karon area of the island with his wife Bandhna and their two year old son.

 

In the early hours Wednesday morning they were woken by loud noises coming from the room next door room. 

 

According to a statement released by the family through the Sikh Press Association, Bandhna Kaur Bajaj said the Norwegian man “barged in through the balcony door”.

 

“He just started charging at my husband. And we wanted to make an exit but he just came running, hitting my husband.

 

“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"

 

“I knew that my life was in danger and my baby's life was in danger. So I hid under a tree”, Mrs Baja said. 

 

“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.”

 

“My husband sacrificed his life to save my son's life and mine. He will always be our hero”, she said.

 

According to the Phuket News, the Norwegian man has been charged with manslaughter and trespass by an act of violence. However, conflicting reports in Thailand and in the UK claimed the Norwegian man had been released on bail. 

 

He faces up to a maximum of 15 years in jail if found guilty.

 

The UK Foreign Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Phuket, and are in contact with the Thai authorities.”
 

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Norwegian out on bail following death of British man at Centara Grand Resort in Phuket

By Tanutam Thawan

 

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The bbc.com are reporting that a British man died at the Centara Grand Hotel in Phuket in a fight after telling another guest to “keep the noise down” as his wife and son tried to sleep, according to the man’s family.

 

The details in the BBC report conflict with earlier local reports out of Phuket.

 

The BBC report says that 34 year old Amitpal Singh Bajaj from the UK complained about noise from the next room at the five-star Centara Grand Hotel on Karon beachfront in Phuket.

 

The man’s family claims that another man forced his way into their room via the balcony early on Wednesday, August 21. The family claims that the man strangled Mr Bajaj.

 

In a statement Amitpal’s 34 year old wife Bandhna Kaur Bajaj described to police how the attacker “barged” into their room naked and attacked her husband.

 

“My husband sacrificed his life to save my son’s life and mine. He will always be our hero.”

 

“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,” according to the BBC report.

 

The rendering of the report from the BBC is quite different from Phuket’s local news reports.

 

In Phuket reports it stated that a fight started at 4am, when the British man Amitpal Singh Bajaj confronted [the Norwegian man] over the amount of noise coming from his room.

 

“[The Norwegian man] was drunk, and security had already visited his room twice to ask him to keep the noise down. When Mr Bajaj confronted him, he stabbed the [Norwegian man] in the shoulder with a steak knife.

 

The [Norwegian man] , trained in martial arts, then got the British man in a choke hold and maintained his grip on him. He says he did not mean to kill him, and did not think he had.”

 

The BBC report says that Mrs Bajaj grabbed the couple’s 2 year old son and fled the hotel room to look for help. She says she ran down a staircase and hid under a tree with her son in her arms while calling the reception from her mobile to tell them what had happened.

 

“I asked the reception to please make sure someone attends to my husband… “please give him some medical help, I’m very scared, I’ve escaped”, according to the BBC report.

 

“I could still hear the attacker screaming. I didn’t want to be attacked.”

 

Mr Amitpal was taken to Patong Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a Norwegian citizen has been arrested in Thailand and is being provided consular assistance.

 

According to Phuket News, Karon police said that “[the Norwegian man] had been released on bail posted at the court, but was unable to confirm how much bail was posted at. Reports in the Norwegian media said that bail was posted at about 200,000 baht.”

 

Source: https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/crime/norwegian-out-on-bail-following-death-of-british-man-at-centara-grand-resort-in-phuket

 

 

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