Man who murdered millionaire stepdad and left his mother paralysed is jailed for 36 years

Man who murdered millionaire stepdad and left his mother paralysed is jailed for 36 years


35-year-old Thomas Schreiber has been jailed for life for murdering his millionaire hotelier step-dad and attempting to murder his own mother, who he left paralysed.



The convict who will serve a minimum of 36 years, carried out the knife attack on Sir Richard Sutton, 83, and Anne Schreiber, 66, on April 7, 2021.



Narrating how he carried out the onslaught at Sir Richard’s Dorset country estate, Thomas said he ‘completely snapped’ when his mother shouted at him for being ‘drunk like his father’ during lockdown.



He disclosed that he was angry with his mum for ‘abandoning’ his father, who suffered from depression. Thomas accused his mother of being a ‘gold-digging b****’ for moving in with Sir Richard, who was one of the richest men in the UK.



Schreiber also felt that Sutton treated him unfairly compared with his two sisters despite him receiving a £1,000 monthly allowance and £100,000 towards buying a house.



The court heard that family arguments descended into violence on three previous occasions including once when Sutton hit the defendant with his walking stick in November 2020, causing the cane to shatter and leaving Schreiber “humiliated”.



The convict blamed lockdown for worsening his mental health by forcing him to remain in the “toxic pressure boiler” environment of Sutton’s estate.



In March 2021 he told a friend: “My mind is consumed with hatred of the very worst kind towards my family. I contemplate murdering them all morning day and night.”


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