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Stepson accused of killing hotelier Richard Sutton ‘visited dad’s grave before attack’

Sir Richard Sutton’s stepson and suspected killer tended to his dad’s grave just hours before the multi-millionaire was stabbed, according to reports.

Thomas Schreiber, 34, was reportedly spotted visiting the cemetery before the baronet, 83, was killed at his country estate in Dorset.

Sir Richard, one of the UK’s wealthiest men, was knifed so many times that shocked police said they “thought he had been shot” when they attended his mansion on Wednesday night.

His Danish partner Anne Schreiber, 65, last night remained in hospital critically ill with wounds.

Schreiber was also taken to hospital with injuries after police tracked his vehicle through Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Berkshire and stopped him in Surrey.

Sir Richard Sutton's home
Floral tributes were left outside by hotelier’s estate after his death

He was released fro hospital yesterday and is helping officers with their inquiries, police have said.

Sources told The Sun that he had been seen at the graveside of his own dad in the small town of Stalbridge, Dorset, hours before Sir Richard died.

Fresh daffodils had been placed at the grave and the grass surrounding it had been carefully trimmed back, according to the paper.

Anne Schreiber
Anne Schreiber, Richard’s partner, was also reportedly stabbed

Police officers were alerted by a concerned family member who lives nearby before racing to the scene.

Sir Richard was remembers as an “extraordinary country gentleman” and a “lovely man” by a woman who worked for him for many years.

She said: “We watched it from the upstairs bedroom unfold and I knew it was something really bad. I went up there but the police wouldn’t tell me anything.

Police attended an accident involving a Range Rover (pictured) in Chiswick on Wednesday evening. The vehicle is seen with severe damage
Police attended an accident involving a damaged Range Rover (pictured) in Chiswick on Wednesday evening

Police on Chiswick High Road following a incident in which a vehicle was stopped at approximately 22:30hrs on Wednesday
Officers attended the scene where a lone man was reportedly injured behind the wheel

“When we found out he was dead this morning I was just devastated.

“He was such a lovely man, you would never think he had money. He always wore an old anorak and drove an old car.”

The hotelier and aristocrat, who inherited his title and estate in 1981, was worth £301m according to the Sunday Times’ Rich List.

Sir Richard Sutton's home in the tiny hamlet of Higher Langham
Sir Richard Sutton’s home in the tiny hamlet of Higher Langham

He owned the freehold of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane and the Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair as well as vast swathes of land and farms across England.

A statement from the businessman’s company, Sir Richard Sutton Limited, said staff were “deeply saddened and devastated by the sudden death”.

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