A man has testified in court that he “couldn’t stop” from stabbing millionaire hotelier Sir Richard Sutton to death and paralyzing his biological mother.
Thomas Schreiber, 35, targeted the pair on the anniversary of his alcoholic father’s death in April, after his mother scolded him for being “drunk like his dad”.
He was charged with the murder of 83-year-old baron Sir Richard and of plotting to kill his mother, Anne Schreiber.
The attack took place at Sir Richard Moorhill’s estate near Gillingham, Dorset, where he shared with the Schreiber family after the defendant’s parents separated.
Schreiber told his trial at Winchester Crown Court how he has a “great” relationship with his father, David, but admits that he can be “very dramatic,” such as shooting a shotgun outside their home.
He previously admitted manslaughter of Sir Richard and driving a dangerous Range Rover on the A303, A4 and M3, but he denied murder and attempted murder.
The defendant, who describes himself as a “passionate” artist, said his father was an alcoholic before the divorce, after which his depression and dependence worsened until his death. died on April 7, 2013.
Schreiber said he became “confused and unhappy” when his parents split and described the process of transferring the family fortune to Moorhill from the family cottage where his father still lives as “hell”.
He said: “Looking at him was terrible, it was so chaotic, we were going into the house to pick up the family’s possessions, when the father was there in tears, very upset.”
Describing the impact of the death of his father, a translator, Schreiber said: “I was devastated, I felt so guilty and so ashamed. I felt we failed because Dad was a family unit that was always there to support each other. “
He said that the anniversary of his father’s death – the site of the deadly attack – is “personally very important to me, I will always hold a celebratory glass and send a message to my brothers and sisters. toast to my dad wherever I am in the world.”
Schreiber said on the day of the attack he visited his father’s grave and spent the afternoon painting before chatting with Sir Richard as they remembered his father, before his mother’s return had also arrived. visit the grave.
He said: ‘Richard and I were sitting peacefully in the office, and she walked in, she looked at me and said, ‘You’re drunk, just like your father’.
“I yelled ‘I’m not drunk,’ then she burst into the kitchen and I ran after her and I punched her in the arm or back.
“There was a knife on the island and I went completely crazy when I saw the knife and the voice in my head shouted: ‘Attack, attack.’ I picked up the knife and started stabbing my mother.
“Richard came in and I think he was trying to stop me and I started stabbing him and I couldn’t stop attacking my mother and Richard.
“My mom yelled at one point: ‘Do you stop, will you stop?’ And I couldn’t stop.”
He described how he kept “going back and forth” between the pair, stabbing them.
When asked why he attacked his mother, Schreiber said: “My mother knew that it was Dad’s anniversary and she said that talking about dad in the family was a very taboo subject.
“When my mother said that, I was completely crazy, I was not drunk and not as drunk as my father. And after she said I couldn’t stop what I was doing and I didn’t know what I was doing, but what I was doing was horrible. ”
He added: “I am very sensitive, I am a very sensitive man and when it comes to my father, I am even more sensitive.
“It was a very incriminating anger when she said what she said, and I completely lost that and I went completely crazy.”
Describing his state of mind afterward, Schreiber said: “My mind was completely messed up, I wanted to leave behind the horror show I had caused, say goodbye and end my life. me”.
Schreiber, who says he has had 35 sales jobs since he was 18, also said he “never got along” with hotelier Sir Richard, but is grateful for the “incredibly” generous gift from him. he is £100,000 in 2015. a property, as well as a monthly living allowance of £1,000.
He described how previous family arguments turned violent, including in the summer of 2019 when he pulled his mother’s hair and hit her in the car after she called him “a leech.” .
And the defendant said he was “hurt” by Sir Richard hitting him with a stick – which fell apart in the incident – during a family dispute in November 2020 over whether his sister , Louisa, is it allowed to have a chandelier for her. Home page.
He said this led to him shutting himself down as his relationships with the rest of his family had hit rock bottom and life at Moorhill was like a “pressure cooker”, made worse by the isolation of the lock.
Schreiber admitted to inflicted fatal wounds on Sir Richard and a knife wound on his mother but denied murder and attempted murder. The trial continued.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/richard-sutton-murder-thomas-schreiber-b1973035.html Sir Richard Sutton: Man accused of millionaire murder ‘says he can’t stop’ stabs him and his mother