Phuket killing: Manhunt under way after Norwegian suspect skips bail

Norwegian Roger Bullman has been on the run for a week after killing a fellow tourist during an altercation at the Centara Grand Beach Resort in Karon, Phuket. Police are scouring hotels in the area.
The victim, Briton Amitpal Singh Bajaj (centre) died after being held in a chokehold by Norwegian Roger Bullman (right).
The victim, Briton Amitpal Singh Bajaj (centre) died after being held in a chokehold by Norwegian Roger Bullman (right).PHOTOS: ST FILE, ROYAL THAI POLICE
The victim, Briton Amitpal Singh Bajaj (seen here with his Singaporean wife Bandhna Kaur Bajaj) died after being held in a chokehold by Roger Bullman (right).
The victim, Briton Amitpal Singh Bajaj (seen here with his Singaporean wife Bandhna Kaur Bajaj) died after being held in a chokehold by Roger Bullman.PHOTO: ST FILE, ROYAL THAI POLICE
The Centara Grand Beach Resort in Karon, on the Thai resort island of Phuket, where a tourist is alleged to have killed another in a skirmish last month. The suspect, a Norwegian, is on the run after being granted bail by the court.
The Centara Grand Beach Resort in Karon, on the Thai resort island of Phuket, where a tourist is alleged to have killed another in a skirmish last month. The suspect, a Norwegian, is on the run after being granted bail by the court.ST PHOTO: HATHAI TECHAKITTERANUN

Thai police fear Norwegian man may have left country even though passport is confiscated

Police on the normally peaceful resort island of Phuket in southern Thailand have launched a major manhunt - scouring hotels and guesthouses for a man who choked a fellow tourist to death during a late-night skirmish.

The fugitive - Norwegian Roger Bullman - had been charged with manslaughter and trespass after the incident at a hotel in August. He went missing after being released on bail, failing to turn up for a court date on Monday. He was last seen leaving his hotel two days earlier.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2019, with the headline 'Manhunt under way after suspect skips bail'. Print Edition | Subscribe