British expat killed in Thailand after party

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The Independent Online

A former British music teacher murdered in Thailand has been named as David Crisp. Police found the body of Mr Crisp at his home in Chiang Mai, a police spokesman said.

Police attended the house on Thursday after finding Mr Crisp's car. The spokesman would not comment on reports Mr Crisp's throat had been cut.

Mr Crisp lived and ran a business in Chiang Mai, a city north of Bangkok that is popular with expatriates.

The spokesman said police had two or three suspects. He said Mr Crisp was homosexual but would not say if that was a possible murder motive.

Glynn Morgan, 70, said that he had met Mr Crisp two years ago when he had joined a Chiang Mai choir that Mr Crisp had run. He said he was "devastated" by the death.

"His house had been trashed and one of his cars had been stolen," he said. "David had held a party at his house on Tuesday and had invited his friends. Some of the last people to leave said it had ended happily."

He said Mr Crisp was a talented keyboard player who had told him he was born in Derby. The British Foreign Office said Thai police were trying to contact Mr Crisp's next of kin.