The son of the millionaire hotelier Sir Richard Sutton has admitted his homicide.
However, Thomas Schreiber denied the murder and did not plead guilty to the attempted murder of his mother Anne Schreiber. He will be tried this month.
Sir Richard, 83, was stabbed to death on his Gillingham, Dorset estate in April. An initial autopsy revealed that he had suffered fatal stab wounds in the chest. Ms. Schreiber was flown to Southmead Hospital in Bristol and survived her injuries.
Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 9th Baronet, owned about 7,000 acres across the country from Dorset, Berkshire and London to Lincolnshire and Aberdeenshire.
He was a member of the established Sutton Baronetcy, a title derived from the reign of King James I.
Sir Richard had an extensive real estate and farming portfolio including the 6,500 acre Benham Estate in West Berkshire and the Stainton Estate in Lincolnshire.
In addition to his vast estates, he was also known for his lucrative hotel empire – including the Sheraton Grand Park Lane and the Athenaeum in Mayfair, as well as three smaller venues in Bath, Cheltenham and Windsor.
A night in a suite at the luxurious five-star Sheraton Hotel costs up to £ 1,500 a night.
“Sir Richard Sutton Limited (SRSL) manages and owns a portfolio of trading assets and companies in the hotel, real estate and agriculture sectors,” states its corporate website.
“Our goal is to continue to serve as honorable long-term custodians, protecting the legacy created over centuries, and strengthening the legacy with integrity for future generations.”
Sir Richard was listed at number 435 on the Sunday Times’ Rich List last year, with an estimated family fortune of £ 301 million – an increase of £ 83 million from the previous year.
His first marriage to Fiamma Sutton, the daughter of Marzio Ferrari, had two children, David, 61, and Caroline, 55, and five grandchildren.
He later married Anne Schreiber, who had three children of her own. The youngest, 34-year-old Thomas, remains in custody while awaiting trial on November 29th.
Police were called to an address in Higher Langham near Gillingham, Dorset at 7:30 p.m. on April 7th. They found Sir Richard and Mrs. Schreiber seriously injured.
The prosecutors said they would not accept Mr. Schriber’s guilty plea of manslaughter.