A man has admitted killing hotelier Sir Richard Sutton at his Dorset home earlier this year.
Thomas Schreiber denied murdering Sir Richard in the knife attack at the Moorhill country estate near Gillingham on the evening of April 7 but admitted manslaughter.
He also entered a not guilty plea at Winchester Crown Court for the attempted murder of his mother Anne Schreiber, who was also injured in the attack. She was Sir Richard’s partner.
A murder trial is due to begin on 29 November with Schreiber remanded in custody into then.
Police were called to Sir Richard’s Dorset home in April and found him with serious stab wounds to his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene while Mrs Schreiber was left fighting for her life.
Sir Richard was named 435th on last year’s The Sunday Times Rich List, with a fortune of £301 million in May 2020, curated from this investments into farming, land, property and hotel ownership.
In 2014 Sir Richard Sutton Settled Estates bought the leasehold of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane in Mayfair, central London.
The following year his company acquired the five-star Athenaeum Hotel in Piccadilly.
Sir Richard also owned three MGallery hotels in Bath, Cheltenham and Windsor.
Sir Richard was born in April 1937 to Sir Robert Lexington Sutton and Gwynneth Gwladys Gover and educated at Stowe School in Buckingham.
He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1981 when his father died.