Man accused of killing millionaire shouts ‘shoot me’ at police

Thomas Schreiber, of Gillingham, Dorset, is on trial accused of murdering 83-year-old Sir Richard Sutton and causing his mother’s life-changing injuries (Image: PA/Facebook)

A man accused of killing millionaire hotelier Sir Richard Sutton has told police to shoot him after officers took the lead in a 135 mph car chase.

Thomas Schreiber, of Gillingham, Dorset, is on trial for the murder of the 83-year-old baron and conspiracy to kill his mother and Sir Richard’s associate Anne Schreiber, 66, on 7 April year 2021.

The 35-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Sir Richard and pleaded guilty to driving a Range Rover causing danger on the A303, A4 and M3.

He denies killing Sir Richard and plotting to kill his mother.

On Wednesday, Adam Feest QC, prosecutor told Winchester Crown Court that Schreiber had activated the ANPR camera while driving Sir Richard’s Range Rover in an A303 near Stone Henge.

He led officers in a 135 mph car chase that ended only when police ‘stopped’ the vehicle in Chiswick, West London.

Mr Feest said: ‘After the Range Rover was forced to a stop, the defendant remained in the driver’s seat but appeared to be stabbing himself with a knife.

‘To avoid injuring him further, the police assigned him a task, prompting him to drop the knife.

‘Then they quickly pulled him out of the car and subdued him. “

Schreiber denied murder and attempted murder (Image: PA)

Mr Feet said Schreiber shouted to police: ‘Shoot me, I don’t want to live.’

He later admitted to doctors that he had stabbed his mother and Sir Richard and said: ‘I was drunk and just knocked out.’

Mr Feet said Schreiber told police ‘he loved his mother and Sir Richard and although his parents’ broken marriage made him feel less than great, you have to move on’.

In a phone call from prison to his sister Louisa Schreiber, he said ‘it was complete madness, he lost control, it wasn’t him but… the devil’.

The previous trial heard Ms. Schreiber’s move to live with Sir Richard in 2003, after separating from the defendant’s father, David Schreiber, who died in April 2013.

Schreiber is said to have ‘cultivated a considerable and lasting sense of resentment towards both his mother and Sir Richard’.

Some of Sir Richard’s wounds are 12cm deep (Image: PA)

Mr Feet said Schreiber felt ‘he was treated differently by his mother and Sir Richard than his two sisters, especially in regards to financial arrangements’.

He said: ‘The persistence of these feelings, the hatred they engendered against Sir Richard and Anne in the defendant’s mind, and the attention drawn to them by the defendant’s coercive presence At Moorhill during lockdown in early 2021, all key factors in the defendant’s outbreak of violence took place on the eight-year anniversary of his father’s death. ‘

An autopsy on Sir Richard’s body and an investigation into the ‘bloody scene’ revealed that he had been attacked downstairs of the house.

An autopsy revealed that Sir Richard suffered three deep wounds to his face as well as five stab wounds to the chest, up to 12cm deep. He also suffered injuries to his hands and arms.

Ms. Schreiber was found severely injured by police in the property’s kitchen.

Sir Richard Sutton is a hotel magnate and millionaire (Image: PA)

She suffered 15 separate injuries, one of which affected her spinal cord and caused life-changing injuries.

Mr Feest said: ‘She recalls that the defendant lifted the knife and definitely stabbed her, although she doesn’t remember actually being stabbed she remembers looking at the knife and being surprised it didn’t hurt. more, and say something. like “what are you doing?”

‘Anne describes the experience as feeling like an outsider looking out a window.

‘She recalled at some point that Sir Richard had entered the room and was screaming.

‘This appeared to make the defendant more agitated and he stabbed his mother again.

“Anne can’t recall what happened to Sir Richard after that, but does remember the defendant walking in the back and stabbing her in the back.

“That was the last thing she knew,” Mr. Feet said.

Joe Stone QC, defending Schreiber, told the jury the defendant denied killing Sir Richard and said he was mentally impaired at the time or he was ‘losing control’.

The trial was adjourned until Thursday.

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