Connect with us


Phuket police seeking survivor of assassination attempt

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Police are seeking a half-Thai, half-French man recovering from a gunshot wound sustained in Phuket Town Sunday afternoon.

They expect to arrest his assailant soon.

Phuket City Police duty officer Anek Mongkol said he suspects the victim, 27-year-old Patong businessman Markudom Boulbet, may be intentionally avoiding police questioning.

Mr Boulbet was shot once in the right shoulder by a man on Sunday afternoon as he and his female companion were driving to pick up their children in Phuket Town.

As Mr Boulbet was passing the old Mazda showroom on Phang Nga Road, the shooter overtook Mr Boulbet’s car then dumped the motorbike in the middle of the lane, forcing Mr Boulbet to stop.

The man then rose to his feet and raised his gun at Mr Boulbet, said Lt Col Anek.

Mr Boulbet tried to run over the man, but was hit in the shoulder by one of four shots the man fired before fleeing the scene on foot.

Mr Boulbet reported the incident to police, who told him to come in for questioning after receiving medical treatment for the gunshot wound.

“So far I have been unable to contact Markudom. He doesn’t answer my calls and his girlfriend’s mobile phone is turned off,” Lt Col Anek said.

Mr Boulbet had a surgical appointment at a well-known private hospital today but failed to keep it, Lt Col Anek said.

Police say they know the identity of the assailant, who left his motorbike at the scene.

Lt Col Anek said the pair are presumed to be well-acquainted, possibly former friends who fell out over a business deal.

Both Mr Boulbet and his assailant have had brushes with the law before, he said.

Mr Boulbet was once imprisoned for illegal possession of a firearm, while his assailant had been convicted in a narcotics case, he said.

Mr Boulbet was punched in the face by the same man a few days before the encounter and had survived shooting attacks in the past, he said.

Phuket City Police Superintendent Col Chote Chitchai said, “Markudom and the man who shot him had a fight before Markudom was shot.

“We already know who shot him, but we have to wait for the arrest warrant to be issued.

“The man is still in Phuket and we will probably arrest him soon,” Col Chote said.

— Atchaa Khamlo


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand25 mins ago

Government says it’s okay to criticise them, if it’s fact based

Thailand1 hour ago

Bangkok volunteer group “Sai Mai Will Survive” overwhelmed with calls

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Phuket reservations slow down for August

Sponsored2 days ago

Experience Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand5 hours ago

Covid UPDATE Saturday: 18,912 infections, news briefs

Drugs11 hours ago

Police nab 600kg heroin drug bust, year’s biggest in Northeast

Koh Samui15 hours ago

Koh Samui unaccustomed to Covid-19, many act in dismay

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand17 hours ago

Bangkok Airways extends flight suspension to August 11

Thailand17 hours ago

7 Jomtien Beach curfew breakers arrested

Thailand18 hours ago

Buri Ram pig stable converted into gambling den: 22 arrests follow

Thailand19 hours ago

“Fake news” banned, Thai media say order infringes on freedoms

Phuket19 hours ago

Precarious Phuket: open internationally, closed domestically

Best of19 hours ago

Top 5 tattoo parlours Bangkok

World20 hours ago

Duterte approves lockdown measures for Manila

Best of20 hours ago

The Best Pizza in Bangkok with Delivery

Thailand20 hours ago

Thailand News Today | worker camp woes, ‘fake news’ crackdown | July 30

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8