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Life imprisonment for man who murdered stepfather and left mother with life-changing injuries

|News, Violent crime

A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment today (20 December 2021) at Winchester Crown Court having been found guilty of murdering his stepfather and attempting to murder his mother in April 2021.

Thomas Schreiber, who lived on the family estate in Moorhill, near Gillingham, Dorset, killed his stepfather, Sir Richard Sutton, in a ferocious and sustained attack, which also left his mother with life-changing injuries.

In the months preceding the attack, Schreiber had been harbouring increasingly strong feelings of resentment and hatred towards his mother and her partner, Sir Richard. Prosecution evidence from witnesses, and from voicenotes created by Schreiber himself, showed that he had repeatedly considered revenge and violence towards his mother and Sir Richard.

After inflicting fatal wounds to Sir Richard, and leaving his mother with multiple injuries, Schreiber changed his clothes, packed some personal items, and fled the property in a vehicle. He was later stopped in London after a high-speed chase by the police.

Schreiber admitted Dangerous Driving at an earlier hearing.

He will serve a minimum of 36 years in jail.

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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