A 34-year-old man has admitted the manslaughter of millionaire hotelier Sir Richard Sutton but denied his murder, a court has heard.
Thomas Schreiber, of Gillingham, Dorset, was arrested by police after officers attended an address in Higher Langham, near Gillingham, Dorset, on April 7 where they found Sir Richard, who owned a string of top hotels in London, with serious injuries.
Sir Richard, 83, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.15pm and his partner, Anne Schreiber, Mr Schreiber’s mother, was airlifted to hospital also suffering from serious injuries.
On Monday at Winchester Crown Court, Mr Schreiber pleaded guilty to manslaughter of Sir Richard, but denied murdering him and denied the attempted murder of his mother.
Rob Welling, prosecuting, told the court that the manslaughter plea was not acceptable to the Crown Prosecution Service and the case would proceed to trial on November 29. The judge, Mr Justice Garnham, remanded Mr Schreiber in custody until then.
Thomas Schreiber as seen via a video link from Winchester Crown Court
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An initial post-mortem into Sir Richard’s death indicated that the cause of death was stab wounds to his chest, police previously said.
Ms Schreiber was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
Sir Richard was listed at number 435 in the Sunday Times Rich List last year, with an estimated family fortune of £301 million – a rise of £83 million on the previous year.
The guide said Sir Richard’s company owned 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.