Brit, 33, arrested after ‘drug-fuelled shooting spree while riding speedboat on Thai island’


A British man has been arrested after an alleged drug-fuelled shooting spree on a Thai island.

Benjamin Robert Simpson, 33, reportedly took meth with a speedboat captain before cruising around Koh Samui together.

Terrified hotel staff cowered in fear as the Brit fired allegedly several rounds from a handgun near the shore on Wednesday (Feb 3).

Witnesses claimed that the Brit went on a shooting spree in the direction of the sea in front of the five-star hotel he was staying at before returning to his luxury room.

Hotel staff had contacted the police for help after the incident and officers rushed to the establishment to arrest the man.

Police said they found a 9mm Beretta pistol loaded with 31 bullets and a revolver handgun with 49 bullets inside his hotel room.

After further search, officers also reportedly found a plastic bag containing a white substance lying on the floor believed to be 6.85 grams of the illegal drug methamphetamine. Several meth pipes were also confiscated.

Speedboat caretaker Geerati Glinubol was also arrested in the hotel room together with Benjamin.

Geerati allegedly confessed to the police that he had been taking drugs with the Brit before they went speedboating together. The Brit then allegedly boasted about his collection of guns and blasted them into the ocean – sparking panic on nearby beaches.

Officers said they found the 9mm pistol in Benjamin’s bag after he was searched for evidence.

The two were taken to the police station where they were questioned on suspicion of the illegal possession of firearms, prohibited drug use, and firing guns in the community.

Lieutenant Colonel Chatchewin Nakmoosik, Deputy Director of the Koh Samui Police Station said he coordinated with Lieutenant Colonel Phingkharat Sai Khwan, Deputy Director General of the Immigration Bureau, to make the arrest of the British man.

Lieutenant Colonel Chatchewin Nakmoosik said: ‘Hotel staff heard guns being fired so they called the police. They said the gunshots were near the hotel and they were scared.

‘We arrested Benjamin Robert Simpson in the hotel room and found two guns and methamphetamine. We put him in handcuffs and kept him at the police station while we investigate and check CCTV.’