Norwegian jailed in 2009 stabbing dies of bites from pet cobra

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A Norwegian man jailed in 2009 for stabbing an electrician over loud music was killed by a cobra he let sleep in his bed.

Per Christian Lindgaard, 60, was discovered in his second-floor New Nordic Apartments residence Dec. 2, about eight days after he apparently died of several bite wounds from the snake, which was lying on the bed next to the nude body. Authorities safely removed the reptile before taking away Lindgaard’s body for further examination.

The glass aquarium where Lindgaard allegedly kept his snake.The glass aquarium where Lindgaard allegedly kept his snake.

New Nordic housekeeper Oranut Prasit said Lindgaard kept the snake in a glass tank in his room, but often slept with the creature. He’d previously been treated several times for bite wounds.

Rescue workers were finally able to entice the cobra out of Lindgaard’s bed and onto the floor where they were better able to capture it.Rescue workers were finally able to entice the cobra out of Lindgaard’s bed and onto the floor where they were better able to capture it.

It was not the first time trouble has visited the Norwegian’s room. In September 2009 Lindgaard was arrested for stabbing a New Nordic electrician who had cut off his electricity after repeated requests to get the Norseman to turn down his loud music. The man, who was stabbed in the stomach, was hospitalized for several days and Lindgaard was arrested and jailed.

A friend who owns the Bom Didy beer bar said the Norseman reappeared at the Pratamnak Soi 4 drinking hole a month later showing off receipts for how much he paid to get out from under the charges. Known as a trouble-maker at the Soi 4 bars, the bar owner said the Norwegian talked often about his snake encounters and was unsurprised when told of Lindgaard’s death from snake bites.