The girlfriend’s son, 34, admits to killing Sir Richard Sutton, 84, one of Britain’s wealthiest men, but faces a murder trial.


A SON of the girlfriend of Sir Richard Sutton, one of the UK’s richest men, today admitted killing the hotel tycoon.

Thomas Schreiber, 34, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 84-year-old Sir Richard on April 7 this year.

Schreiber denied murdering Sir Richard and the attempted murder of his mother, Anne Schreiber, 65, at Moorhill in the hamlet of Higher Langham, near Gillingham, Dorset.

Schreiber, from the Gillingham area in Dorset, appeared in the dock at Winchester Crown Court, Hants, today clean shaven and wearing a grey jumper.

He spoke to confirm his name and pleaded ‘not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter’ of the tycoon.

Schreiber had previously entered a plea of not guilty to murder, but today altered his plea to admit he had killed Sir Richard.

Schreiber then reaffirmed his previous plea of not guilty to the attempted murder of his mother.

He also changed a previous plea of not guilty to dangerous driving and admitted this charge, relating to driving a Range Rover on motorways in the south of England on the night of the killing.

The Honourable Mr Justice Neil Garnham today confirmed a trial would begin on November 29.

Police were called to Sir Richard’s £2m home at about 7.30pm on April 7.

He had suffered stab wounds to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.15pm.

An initial post-mortem examination indicated the cause of death was stab wounds to his chest.

Mrs Schreiber was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Her son was arrested by police about three hours after the 999 call in Hammersmith, west London.

Sir Richard, who has been described as an ‘old English gentry landowner’, was at 435 on the Sunday Times Rich List.

He owned a huge portfolio of hotels, property and farms across the country.

He had two children, David, 61, and Caroline, 55, by his wife Fiamma, and five grandchildren.

Mrs Shreiber, a Danish-born physiotherapist who has a practice in Milborne Port, Dorset, has three grown-up children.

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