The stepson of multi-millionaire hotelier Sir Richard Sutton has appeared in court after being charged with his death.
Thomas Schreiber, 34, is alleged to have stabbed 84-year-old Sir Richard, one of Britain’s most richest men, in an attack at his mansion in the hamlet of Higher Langham, near Gillingham, Dorset on Wednesday, April 7. He is also charged with the attempted murder of his own mother, Anne Schreiber, 65, during the attack.
On Monday, Mr. Thomas appeared in the dock at Poole Magistrates’ Court wearing a grey sweatshirt with his right hand and wrist bandaged.
He was reportedly asked to mention his name, his date of birth ‘October 19, 1986’ and his address in Moorhill.
The court clerk read out the two charges the defendant faces along with a third count of dangerous driving on the A303 and M3 in relation to the night of the alleged attack.
Siobhan Oxley, prosecuting, told magistrates: ‘It is an indictable only offence and therefore bail cannot be granted.’
Abdullah Al-Yunusi, defending, made no representations.
The five-minute hearing was adjourned and Schreiber will appear at Winchester Crown Court tomorrow.
Mrs. Caroline Foster, the presiding magistrate, told him: ‘You will appear at Winchester Crown Court tomorrow morning at 10am. You are to be remanded in custody.’
Police were called to Sir Richard’s £2m home at about 7.30 pm on April 7, after he suffered stab wounds to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.15pm.
An initial post-mortem examination that was conducted on Friday indicated that the cause of death was stab wounds to his chest.
Anne Schreiber was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol, where she remains in a critical condition.
Schreiber was arrested by police about three hours after the call to the police in Hammersmith, west London.
Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Polices Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), said: ‘Our thoughts remain with the victims’ family and all of those affected by this terrible incident.”
On Sunday, Dorset Police said Mr Schreiber, 34, had been charged with murder, attempted murder and dangerous driving.
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.
Sir Richard was described as an ‘old English gentry landowner’ who was worth an estimated £301million and was at number 435 on the Sunday Times Rich List.
Hiss 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.
The multi-millionaire hotel tycoon , who is divorced from first wife Lady Fiamma Sutton, has two children, son, David, 61, and daughter, Caroline, 55, as well as five grandchildren