Sir Richard Sutton’s stepson appears in court charged with murder after millionaire hotelier is stabbed to death

SIR Richard Sutton’s stepson has appeared in court in bandages charged with murder after the millionaire hotelier was stabbed to death last week.

Thomas Schreiber, 34, wore a grey sweatshirt and mask as he appeared at Poole Magistrates court in Dorset charged with murder, attempted murder and dangerous driving. 

He had a bandage on his right arm and there was also a small plaster on his little finger. 

The 34-year-old was detained by armed police on Wednesday night in Chiswick, West London, after the 83-year-old was killed at his home in Dorset.

He is said to have stabbed him after visiting the grave of his dead father David just hours before the alleged attack. 

Schreiber's mum and Sir Sutton's wife Anne Schreiber, 65, was also found to have suffered knife wounds and was left in a “critical” condition in hospital.

Three hours after the killing, police dramatically stopped Schreiber's Range Rover in Hammersmith, west London, after tracking it across five counties.

The 34-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder and police later confirmed he was known to the victim.

He was then charged with murder, attempted murder and dangerous driving in connection to the probe.

Prosecutor Siobhan Oxley said the dangerous driving charge related to the Schrieber driving the Range Rover “along the A303 and the M3”. 

Schreiber – who was barely audible through the mask – spoke only to confirm his date of birth and gave his address as Sir Richard’s Dorset home.

 Chairman Caroline Foster remanded him in custody until his next appearance tomorrow at Winchester Crown Court. 

Dorset Police received a report raising concern for the welfare of the occupants of an address in Higher Langham near Gillingham at 7.30pm on April 7.

Officers found Sir Richard Sutton, who owned a string of top hotels in London, and Anne Schreiber with serious injuries at the property.

The force said it is believed both were stabbed.

Paramedics attended the scene but Sir Richard, 83, was pronounced dead at around 9.15pm.

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

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police, said: "Our thoughts remain with the victims' family and all of those affected by this terrible incident.

"Following a detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service.

"As a result, Dorset Police have been authorised to formally charge Thomas Schreiber with the murder of Sir Richard, attempted murder of the injured woman and dangerous driving.

"It is important to stress that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the criminal justice system is allowed to follow its course."

A spokesman for Sir Richard Sutton Ltd described Ms Schreiber as "a hugely important part of Sir Richard's life" and wished her "a swift and full recovery".

She was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol following the incident and remains there in a critical condition.

The spokesman added: "Though separated, Sir Richard also remained on good terms with his wife, Lady Fiamma, and very close to their children, who are mourning the loss of a devoted father.

"Employees across the group have been united in their shock at what has happened and will need time to come to terms with the loss of such an influential figure."

Sir Richard was listed at number 435 in the Sunday Times Rich List last year with an estimated family fortune of £301million – a rise of £83million on the previous year.

The guide says Sir Richard's company owns London hotels the Sheraton Grand Park Lane and the Athenaeum, plus three smaller venues.

He had an extensive property and farming portfolio, including the 6,500-acre Benham Estate in west Berkshire and the Stainton Estate in Lincolnshire.

Source: Read Full Article