Man due to be sentenced over murder of hotelier Sir Richard Sutton

Failed artist, 35, who knifed to death his mother’s £300m baronet lover and tried to kill her in murderous rage on Dorset country estate faces life in prison

  • Thomas Schreiber, 35, stabbed Sir Richard Sutton to death with a kitchen knife
  • Stabbing took place in April at baronet’s country estate near Gillingham, Dorset
  • He also attempted to murder his mother Anne Schreiber – Sir Richard’s partner
  • Schreiber is due to be sentenced for murder and attempted murder later today 

A failed artist who brutally murdered multimillionaire hotelier Sir Richard Sutton and attempted to kill his own mother in a frenzied knife attack is due to be sentenced today.

Thomas Schreiber, 35, stabbed Sir Richard Sutton to death with a kitchen knife at the £300million baronet’s country estate near Gillingham, Dorset.

He also attempted to murder his mother, Anne Schreiber, Sir Richard’s partner during the knife attack in April.

Schreiber, who lived with the couple at the mansion rent-free following his mother’s divorce from his biological father, admitted carrying out the ‘horror show’ attack but denied murder.

However he was convicted of Sir Richard’s killing and the attempted murder of his mother following a three-week trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Today he faces his sentence with Judge, Mr Justice Garnham, telling the defendant he faces a life sentence.

‘The only sentence I can pass is of life imprisonment but for the offence of murder I have to set the minimum number of years and I also have to sentence you for the attempted murder of your mother,’ he said.

Thomas Schreiber (pictured), 35, stabbed Sir Richard Sutton to death with a kitchen knife at the baronet’s country estate near Gillingham, Dorset

He also attempted to murder his mother, Anne Schreiber, Sir Richard’s partner during the knife attack in April.

Schreiber admitted carrying out the ‘horror show’ knife attack on the pair on April 7 this year – the eighth anniversary of the death of his alcoholic father David.

After he said his mother Anne Schreiber shouted at him for being ‘drunk like his father’.

Schreiber (pictured here in a court sketch) admitted carrying out the ‘horror show’ knife attack on the pair on April 7 this year – the eighth anniversary of the death of his alcoholic father David

He told the court: ‘I just went completely crazy, I completely snapped and I just launched for her and began attacking her uncontrollably.’

He had admitted manslaughter but denied the murder of the baronet, saying he had ‘lost control’ of himself and had not intended to hurt him or his mother.

Ms Schreiber suffered up to 15 separate injuries on her head and body, including a partially severed spinal cord which has left her paralysed.

Sir Richard suffered three deep wounds to his face and five to his chest, up to 12cm deep.

Schreiber had also pleaded guilty to driving a Range Rover dangerously on the A303, A4 and M3 when he failed to stop for armed police in a 135mph pursuit into central London.

As he was detained in Chiswick, the defendant stabbed himself in the chest and told officers: ‘Please kill me now, please just shoot me.’

The trial has heard the defendant was angry with his mother for ‘abandoning’ his father, who suffered from depression, to move in with Sir Richard. 

The trial has heard the defendant was angry with his mother for ‘abandoning’ his father, who suffered from depression, to move in with Sir Richard (pictured)

After ‘sponging’ off Sir Richard Sutton for years, Thomas Schreiber (pictured with his mother) stabbed him to death with a kitchen knife in a frenzied attack which left the hotelier in a pool of blood outside his bedroom door 

Ms Schreiber suffered up to 15 separate injuries on her head and body, including a partially severed spinal cord which has left her paralysed.

Schreiber had also pleaded guilty to driving a Range Rover dangerously on the A303, A4 and M3 when he failed to stop for armed police in a 135mph pursuit into central London (pictured: Police arrest Schreiber)

Schreiber, an aspiring painter, also felt Sir Richard treated him unfairly compared to his two sisters despite him receiving a £1,000 monthly allowance and £100,000 towards buying a house.

The court heard family arguments descended into violence on three previous occasions, including once when Sir Richard hit the defendant with his walking stick in November 2020. It caused the cane to shatter and left Schreiber ‘humiliated’.

The defendant blamed lockdown for worsening his mental health by forcing him to remain in the ‘toxic pressure boiler’ environment of Sir Richard’s estate.

Sir Richard was listed at number 435 in the Sunday Times Rich List last year with an estimated family fortune of £301million.

He owned a sprawling property empire and more than 16,000 acres of land, including the five-star Sheraton Grand on London’s Park Lane and the Athenaeum hotel in Mayfair.

Sir Richard had two children by his first wife Fiamma, and five grandchildren.

Mrs Schreiber, a Danish-born physiotherapist who has a practice in Milborne Port, Dorset, has three grown-up children including son Thomas.

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