News broke two weeks ago about the death of Amitpal Singh Bajaj in Thailand. The IT consultant was allegedly killed by a Norwegian man Roger Bullman. Bullman was released on bail after a short trial in Phuket. Local police have now confirmed that the 53-year-old Norweigan is on the run.
A court appearance was scheduled for Monday this week, Mr Bullman failed to show up!
The Norwegian allegedly killed British IT consultant Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, during a fight on Aug 21 at the popular Centara Grand Beach Resort in Karon, Phuket.
Bullman was freed on bail two weeks ago by the Phuket Provincial Court for 60,000 Norwegian kroner (S$9,200) after being charged with causing harm resulting in the death of Mr Amitpal, who was married to Singaporean Bandhna Kaur Bajaj, 34.
The Norwegian was due to reappear in court on Monday morning to assess his bail conditions.
In a statement to The Straits Times, Mr Amitpal’s family in Singapore said they were saddened to learn that Bullman had failed to turn up in court.
“We have faith that the relevant authorities and agencies in Thailand will take all necessary measures to ensure justice and truth prevail,” the family said.
Several international news outlets reported that an arrest warrant has been issued for Bullman. This was after his lawyer Pawitra Laohaviroj appeared in court instead and made an application for his bail to be renewed.
He was last seen sunbathing and taking a swim at the Ikon Hotel in Phuket on Monday, after moving out from a guest house near Karon beach.
But he “vanished” from his hotel room without checking out, Thai news outlets reported.
“We are bewildered as to why the authorities allowed a self-confessed killer to roam the streets of Phuket unguarded, where he could potentially pose a lethal threat to other innocent parties,” the family said.
“His disrespect for human life, and now his total disrespect for the courts and justice system in Thailand, should be more than sufficient grounds for revoking bail and holding him incarcerated until justice can be served,” the family added.