Killer, 35, murdered stepdad and attempted to take mums life in savage attack

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of brutally murdering his stepfather and attempting to murder his mother in April 2021.

Thomas Schreiber, who lived with his parents on the family estate near Gillingham, Dorset, killed his stepfather, Sir Richard Sutton, in a ferocious attack that also left his stepmother with life changing injuries.

In the months before the attack, Schreiber had reportedly been building strong feelings of resentment and hatred towards his mother and partner, Sir Richard.

Prosecution evidence from the witnesses, and from Schreiber's own voice notes, showed that he had been regularly considering revenge and violence towards his mother and Sir Richard.

After inflicting fatal wounds on Sir Richard, and leaving his mother with severe injuries, Schreiber reportedly changed his clothes, packed a bag and fled the property in a vehicle.

He was stopped later in London following a high-speed chase by armed police which reached speeds of over 130mph, Mail Online reports.

Schreiber admitted Dangerous Driving at an earlier hearing.

He will serve a minimum of 36 years in jail.

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Hayley Porter-Straw, CPS Wessex Senior District Crown Prosecutor, said: “Schreiber admitted being responsible for the death of Sir Richard, and for the injuries sustained by his mother, but said that his actions were as a result of his state of mind, exacerbated by lockdown during the pandemic.

“The CPS worked closely with Dorset Police, using the evidence of witnesses, forensic evidence, CCTV and mobile phone evidence, to prove beyond doubt that Schreiber intended to kill Sir Richard and his mother.

“I hope that today’s sentence will bring a small sense of closure to the family involved in this case, and that they feel justice has been delivered.”

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