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Phuket police bumble hunt for Norwegian killer

Phuket police bumble hunt for Norwegian killer

PHUKET: Karon Chief Police Col Prawit Sutthirueangarun has refused to explain why his officers ignored serving an arrest warrant for Norwegian national Roger Bullman after he failed to present himself in court over the killing of British tourist Amiptal Bajaj at a Phuket resort late last month.

By The Phuket News

Friday 13 September 2019, 06:51PM

Karon Police investigate the hotel rooms where the fight occurred on Aug 21. Photo: Supplied

Karon Police investigate the hotel rooms where the fight occurred on Aug 21. Photo: Supplied

The Phuket Provincial Court issued a warrant for Bullman’s arrest after he failed to present himself in court on Sept 2.

Bullman faces charges of manslaughter over the death of Mr Bajaj at the Centara Grand Resort on Aug 21.

The now-fugitive Bullman, 53, admitted to choking Mr Bajaj with a restraint hold amid a fight that started over Bullman making too much noise at his hotel room, but he maintained that killing Mr Bajaj was accidental. (See story here.)

“We are looking for him. We are doing our job now,” Karon Chief Police Col Prawit Sutthirueangarun told The Phuket News.

“We know that he is no longer staying at the hotel, but we have no clue where he is,” he added.

The hunt for Bullman now includes all local police and immigration officers, explained Maj Techin Deethongon of the Karon Police.

“We have also requested the assistance of Region 8 Police as we do not have enough officers,” he said.

Maj Techin today told The Phuket News that the search for Bullman began on Sept 3, the same day that he told The Phuket News that he was not worried that the Norwegian would skip bail and flee the island.

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Asked whether he thought Bullman would flee before trial, Maj Techin on Sept 3 said, “I don’t think so. He is still around Phuket. His passport is still being held. The Phuket Provincial Court is now the authority responsible for him.” (See story here.)

Asked to clarify how both statements could be true, Maj Techin today said, “Yes, I said that. I didn’t think that he would run away.”

Of note, Bullmam was released on bail by the Phuket Provincial Court after he was arraigned, despite a formal request by Karon Police to deny him the opportunity to be freed on bail. (See story here.)

Although the bail amount has not been made public, Norwegian media in their initial reports noted that that the amount was 60,000 kroner (about B200,000). (See story here.)

At the time of his disappearance, Bullman faced a charge of trespass by an act of violence, which if he is found guilty of will incur a sentence of up to five years in jail or a fine of up to B10,000, or both.

He had also been charged with manslaughter, defined under the Thai Criminal Code as causing the death of a person by inflicting injury upon the body of such person without intent to cause death.

If apprehended, and guilty of manslaughter, Mr Bullman is to face a punishment of three to 15 years imprisonment.

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CaptainJack69 | 16 September 2019 - 02:49:30

Lets just say that people staying and the Centara Grand aren't normally short of a bob or two.

Wonder if they'll ever find that passport of his, the one they "still have". Or will it get lost in a giant pile of TM30's.

Nasa12 | 14 September 2019 - 21:07:09

Norway has no extradition agreement with Thailand so if he comes to Norway case closed.This happend before. 

Kurt | 14 September 2019 - 16:30:41

TM28 and TM30 are mentioned here in other comments, Dek.

Kurt | 14 September 2019 - 16:27:18

Just a thought, Dek, just a thought. The article window doesn't matter as it is not a comment, but a question.

DeKaaskopp | 14 September 2019 - 15:00:57

"When Thai friends from ChiangMai or Kalasi stay with me..."Wondering what this question got to do with this article? Strange,very strange.

Kurt | 14 September 2019 - 14:44:26

Considering the salaries of RTP officers serving at Phuket police stations, much could be thought about the brand and age of their cars they come and go with. For example Chalong Patak rd bars open illegal till sunrise will be a financial win-win happening at 500 m from RTP station. Yes?

Kurt | 14 September 2019 - 14:31:47

When thai friends from ChiangMai or Kalasi stay with me a weekend in my place on Phuket ( from Friday evening till Sunday evening), do I have to report that to Immigration on Monday?

DeKaaskopp | 14 September 2019 - 10:52:35

Nasa,how do you know that Karon Police station kept the bail? All i can read on here is that Phuket Provincial Court released him on bail  despite a request from police not to do so.

Kurt | 14 September 2019 - 10:03:39

As mr Bullman was given the chance to 'depart' after leaving a bail of thb 200,000 (?), one may expect that there will not a real RTP hunt take place. Mr Bullman may have left Thailand already, which is not difficult.  Question: Is it normal to let a person charged with manslaughter walk around freely? There are foreigners locked up for lesser than that while waiting for court  proceedings...

Nasa12 | 14 September 2019 - 09:51:23

It is perfectly normal for this police station and put the money right in the pocket, I know  3 cases 15000 Bath 35000Bath and 70000 Bath that were never repaid back from this corrupted  policestation.

Christy Sweet | 14 September 2019 - 09:41:06

Great example of how useless the TM-28/30 is. "Bad guys" don't bother  to make repeated address  notifications.

Shwe | 14 September 2019 - 05:55:41

use of the TM30 should be able to track him down, he is a bad guy, isn't that what it is for? :)

Fascinated | 14 September 2019 - 00:45:43

Driving away in his new BMW  he refused to comment as to how this could have happened.

BenPendejo | 13 September 2019 - 21:41:51

At best, this is bumbling incompetence of the highest order. At worst, it is corruption in its lowest form...allowing a known killer to just kinda "slip away", perhaps for just the right price. This killer thug had nothing to lose, and the Major's statement "I didn’t think that he would run away.” is just utter ignorance. I feel very bad for the injustice to Mr Bajaj's f...

MartinK | 13 September 2019 - 21:19:52

Sadly not a surprise, it would have been news if there had been any other outcome.

Gat Huckle | 13 September 2019 - 20:45:16

The message seemed clear to me right from the start. 'It was mutual combat, we have no room in our packed jails, here's your passport, get out...and never ever come back. Looks like he did what he was told.

tamvong | 13 September 2019 - 19:57:03

TM30 working well then.

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