Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week: Tuk Tuk Taxi Shooting, and more

Hello, Phuket Express Readers and Supporters!

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area of Phuket from the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.

These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed. We publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article, this is only the top local stories in Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, September 4th, 2023, to Sunday, September 10th, 2023.

Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!

  1. A Tuk Tuk taxi driver has sustained injuries by gunshot after an argument with another Tuk Tuk taxi driver in Patong.

The male suspect, Mr. Kosit Prompiwat, 36, had already escaped in another Tuk Tuk taxi by the time police arrived. He later surrendered as seen below.

A Tuk Tuk taxi driver has surrendered after shooting another Tuk Tuk taxi driver, who sustained serious injuries. The two men worked at the same taxi stand.

He initially had claimed that the injured man and his friend attacked him first and that he only used the gun to protect himself in self-defence.

2. More mysterious debris has been found on a beach in Phuket.

Relevant officials have still not been able to firmly identify where or what the debris is from all three recent findings as of press time.

3. A wanted American man was arrested in Bangkok after he allegedly damaged a rental villa in Karon, Mueang Phuket.

It was not mentioned why or how exactly Mr. John damaged the villa.

4. Three Kenyan women were arrested at the Phuket International Airport with 2.8 kilograms of cocaine found in their stomachs.

It took two days for them to release all capsules from their stomach.

5. An intoxicated Thai man was arrested with a gun after he allegedly detained a Russian woman at a hotel in Patong, however details on the incident were extremely limited.

A Thai man has been charged after he showed a gun to a Russian woman in a room at a hotel in Patong.

This strange story captured the imagination of social media over the past week.

That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.