Jealous son who murdered his mother’s £300m Baronet lover and maimed her was carrying on hate-filled vendetta started by his father who drank himself to death after she left him for millionaire family friend
- Thomas Schreiber, 35, murdered Sir Richard Sutton, 83, and mother Anne, 66
- He stabbed them in a frenzy on April 7 at Sutton’s £2 million Dorset estate
- He was found guilty of murder and will likely receive life in prison on Monday
A failed painter who murdered his mother’s new man worth £300million was carrying on his dead father’s hate-filled vendetta against the aristocrat.
Thomas Schreiber stabbed Sir Richard Sutton to death with a kitchen knife in a frenzied attack which left the hotelier in a pool of blood.
The 35-year-old also attempted to murder his mother, Anne Schreiber, who he stabbed at least nine times in the neck and back.
The ‘Moorhill’ estate in the hamlet of Higher Langham near Gillingham, Dorset, was left looking like a ‘warzone’ following the murderous rampage on April 7 this year.
Schreiber lived with the couple at the mansion rent-free following his mother’s divorce from his alcoholic father David, a former public schoolboy and failed art dealer.
But despite this, he resented them for abandoning his father, who died in 2013.
Thomas Schreiber (pictured) stabbed Sir Richard Sutton to death with a kitchen knife in a frenzied attack which left the hotelier in a pool of blood
A family photo of Sir Richard Sutton and and Anne Schreiber is pictured before he was murdered
After his divorce from Anne, David Schreiber sent Thomas hate-filled letters describing his mother as a ‘gold digger’, the Times reported.
Rose McCarthy, one of Schreiber’s sisters, said: ‘I think when you hear that all the time and you receive those letters, I feel that toxicity was transferred on to my brother.’
By 2002, David Schreiber was unable to find employment due to his drinking and Anne Schreiber was providing for the family.
Following the Schreiber’s separation, Sir Richard offered to move the whole family to his estate, but Anne told David he could only join them if he quit alcohol.
McCarthy said: ‘Dad could be incredibly cruel. He could be suicidal and had an antique gun and often got it out and discharged it out the window to get a reaction.
‘He would write suicidal notes and it happened on a continual basis, you couldn’t take him seriously.
‘That was what we were living under with an alcoholic . . . it was having an incredibly detrimental impact.’
Yesterday a jury at Winchester Crown Court rejected Schreiber’s plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to an ‘abnormality of mental function’.
Instead they found him guilty of murdering Sir Richard and attempting to murder his mother.
Years after his father’s death, Thomas living with the couple at the sprawling country estate became a ‘vicious triangle’ as Sir Richard became ‘consumed’ with trying to get rid of the aspiring painter.
Schreiber lived with the couple at the mansion rent free following his mother’s divorce from his alcoholic father David (pictured), a former public schoolboy and failed art dealer
The ‘Moorhill’ estate in the hamlet of Higher Langham near Gillingham, Dorset, was left looking like a ‘warzone’ following the murderous rampage on April 7 this year
His daughter Caroline Sutton revealed the hotelier paid Schreiber £100,000 for a house deposit in a desperate attempt to get him to leave his home.
In November 2020, Sir Richard hit Schreiber on the back with a walking stick following a heated family row over the inheritance of a chandelier.
This row isolated Schreiber from his family and was a ‘watershed moment’ in his relationship with them.
He began obsessively scouring the internet for articles about revenge and became ‘consumed with hatred’ towards his mother and Sir Richard.
Schreiber told friends he was planning revenge and wanted to ‘go out with a bang’ just months before the killing.
In March 2021 he wrote to his best friend James Reid: ‘Simply put I contemplate murdering them all morning day and night.
‘It’s not what I want to think about but it’s the truth. I want them to suffer.’
He added: ‘I think and strategise every single day about how best to murder my mother and co… that’s how bad my mind is at.’
He also told his friend Fedor: ‘The short story is, my mum is a gold digging f***ing b****, she is a selfish, manipulative, toxic, gold digging b****.
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
Schreiber lived with the couple (pictured, Sir Richard) at the mansion rent free following his mother’s divorce from his alcoholic father David
‘We moved here 17 years ago, this huge house, with her partner… she’s only there to cook for him and take his money.
‘He’s a multi multi-millionaire, he’s never had to work a day in his life, he inherited everything, all property, all land basically around the world. He’s an absolute c***.
‘He’s horribly racist, horribly backwards, horribly old-fashioned, horribly English… I don’t have a good word to say about him frankly and I can’t stand him.’
Sir Richard was listed at number 435 in the Sunday Times Rich List last year with an estimated family fortune of £301 million.
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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