Murder of Sir Richard Sutton: his partner remains paralyzed, the court hears | UK News
The partner of a multi-millionaire landowner and hotelier has been paralyzed from neck to toe after his son launched a prolonged stabbing attack on the two of them, a murder trial has learned.
Anne Schreiber, 66, survived an attack by her son Thomas Schreiber, an aspiring painter, but suffered spinal cord damage while her partner, Sir Richard Sutton, 83, died after being stabbed Many times.
Thomas Schreiber, 35, cried on the dock on Thursday as an emotional phone call he made to his older sister, Louisa Schreiber, while in pre-trial detention, was passed before a jury in court in the crown of Winchester.
He begged her not to hang up and said he wanted to know how his mother was doing. He expressed his regret, saying, “I’m so sorry, it’s completely crazy … I wake up everyday hoping to wake up from this nightmare … I have completely lost control.”
Louisa Schreiber, 40, told her brother, “She’s paralyzed, Tom… from head to toe… she’s on a ventilator… I don’t know what the future holds for her. She has a spinal cord injury in her neck… She survived, against all odds, but the question is whether she will ever move.
Schreiber, who agrees to attack his mother and Sutton on the anniversary of his own father’s death at Moorhill, the mansion he shared with them in Dorset, said he did not understand why she couldn’t move. Her sister told her, “Because she had a knife stuck in her neck. “
She added that there was a “possibility” that their mother could not breathe without a ventilator for the rest of her life. Schreiber said, “I just lost him completely. It wasn’t me there that day… It was someone else, it was like a demon.
The phone call took place 20 days after the April 7 attack. The prosecution has previously described Anne Schreiber’s injuries as life changing.
Schreiber’s defense team told the jury that he denies murdering Sutton on the grounds of diminished responsibility or loss of control, saying long-standing family tensions, the loss of his father, David, exactly eight years before the attack, and the stress of the Covid lockdowns contributed to his disturbed state of mind. He also denies his mother’s attempted murder.
Schreiber’s other sister Rose McCarthy, 36, told the court tensions were mounting as Sutton was frustrated by unemployed Schreiber’s ‘daring’ to receive handouts, including a £ 1,000 stipend per months, while criticizing him and his mother.
McCarthy said that the relationship between Schreiber, his mother and his partner has become a “vicious triangle” with the millionaire “consumed” with “the problem Tom”.
She said: “Tom always wanted to know where Mum was going, who she was seeing, what she was doing. He controlled her a lot.
The witness said Sutton struggled to understand Schreiber’s position in the house and what motivated him. “Tom lived in the house, he didn’t have a job, he didn’t sign.
“I think it became apparent to the family that it has become a vicious triangle, with the three of them living in Moorhill.”
The trial continues.