Moment armed police stormed £2m country mansion

Moment armed police stormed £2m country mansion to find alleged murderer’s mother in pool of blood with knife wounds so severe they thought she had been blasted with a shotgun

  • Sir Richard Sutton, 83, was stabbed to death at his £2 million country mansion
  • His partner, Anne Schreiber, 66, was stabbed so many times she is paralysed 
  • Her son Thomas Schreiber, 35, has been accused of carrying out the attack 
  • Footage shows the moment armed police raided the mansion and found Anne 
  • Footage released today shows the dramatic moment armed police stormed a £2 million country mansion to find the mother of an alleged murderer in a pool of blood after being stabbed several times. 

    Firearms officers smashed through the conservatory of the sprawling Moorhill estate near Gillingham, Dorset with a crowbar after spotting Anne Schreiber bleeding out on the kitchen floor through a window. 

    The body-worn footage, released for the first time today, is cut short just before the officers entered the kitchen and discovered gravely injured Mrs Schreiber.

    One of the armed Dorset Police officers who stormed the house, PC George Bryant, said Mrs Schreiber’s knife wounds were so severe he thought she had been blasted with a shotgun.

    Her son Thomas Schreiber, 35, is accused of her attempted murder and the murder of Sir Richard Sutton, 83, her partner and one of Britain’s richest landowners. 

    Anne was paralysed in the attack and remains in hospital seven months later.  








    Schreiber has admitted manslaughter over the hotelier's death but denies murdering him. He pleads not guilty to the attempted murder of his mother (pictured with Thomas)

    Schreiber has admitted manslaughter over the hotelier’s death but denies murdering him. He pleads not guilty to the attempted murder of his mother (pictured with Thomas)

    Sir Richard Sutton, 83, had a knife plunged 12cm into his heart as he was stabbed to death at his £2m home

    Sir Richard Sutton, 83, had a knife plunged 12cm into his heart as he was stabbed to death at his £2m home

    Armed police officers arriving at the Moorhill estate on the evening of the killing to find the heavily bleeding Anne Schreiber

    Armed police officers arriving at the Moorhill estate on the evening of the killing to find the heavily bleeding Anne Schreiber

    PC Bryant, who was one of the first on scene at Moorhill and discovered Mrs Schreiber’s body lying on the kitchen floor, addressed the court today.

    He said that he noticed ‘large lacerations’ on her body, that she was ‘covered’ in blood, and was ‘barely conscious’.

    PC Bryant said: ‘I did try and speak to her… Initially I believed she was responding through blinking but I don’t think she was aware of our presence.

    ‘The amount of blood loss and nature of wounds initially presented similar to a bird shot from a shotgun.’

    PC Bryant realised she was deteriorating rapidly so carried her over his shoulders to the waiting paramedics.

    Jurors were also shown images of Thomas Schreiber’s injuries after he stabbed himself repeatedly when he was finally stopped by police in London.

    Images showed bruising around several stab wounds to his chest and horizontal marks on his wrists.

    PC Kane Ellafi was one of the officers who arrested Schreiber in London.

    He said he looked ‘calm in his face, staring blankly forwards’ and saw him reach for a knife and stab himself.

    Schreiber was shot with a taser ‘prevent him from killing himself’ before he was arrested, shouting out ‘kill me please, kill me, I pay your wages, please kill me’.

    The court also heard from Dr Timothy Godfrey, who treated Mrs Schreiber when she arrived at Southmead Hospital in Bristol by air ambulance.

    He said there were between 13 and 15 stab wounds over her body, with the deepest one cutting her spinal cord at the C4 vertebrae in her neck.

    Dr Godfrey said this left her tetraplegic, or paralysed, meaning she had an ‘inability or reduced ability to move the arms and legs’.

    He added the other stab wounds were deep enough to hit bone, adding: ‘The ones in the back were the ones that caused us the most challenge early on.

    ‘As we rolled her onto her side the blood just began pouring out again in a way we couldn’t deal with in the emergency department.’

    The decision was made to take her into theatre, where she was also given blood transfusions.








    A jury has been shown footage released by the Metropolitan Police of the suspect, 35-year-old Thomas Schreiber, being chased at 135mph before armed police seized him

    A jury has been shown footage released by the Metropolitan Police of the suspect, 35-year-old Thomas Schreiber, being chased at 135mph before armed police seized him

    Footage shows the Range Rover, driven by Schreiber, pursued along the A303 and M3 before colliding with a police car in what has been described as a 'hard stop' in Chiswick, west London

    Footage shows the Range Rover, driven by Schreiber, pursued along the A303 and M3 before colliding with a police car in what has been described as a ‘hard stop’ in Chiswick, west London

    In total, Mrs Schreiber received a staggering 27 litres of blood products – around 77 units.

    Dr Godfrey said: ‘That is probably the most that I personally have ever dealt with. I can compare to people being hit by cars or lorries… it is uncommon to have more than 10 units.’

    The court heard Mrs Schreiber had scored 3/50 on her left side and 7/50 on her right side in a motor skills test six months after the stabbing and was ‘likely to remain a complete C4 tetraplegic’.

    Last week, the jury was shown footage of the suspect being chased at 135mph before armed police seized him.  

    The footage shows the Range Rover being driven by Schreiber pursued along the A303 and M3 into central London before colliding with a police car in what has been described as a ‘hard stop’ in Chiswick, west London.

    Body-worn video also shows Schreiber, who had been tasered, being dragged from the Range Rover before officers remove his clothes to locate where he had stabbed himself in the chest.

    Schreiber is heard repeatedly calling out: ‘Please kill me now, please just shoot me,’ and adding: ‘I am asking you to put a bullet in my f****** head.’

    An officer replies: ‘Mate, that’s not going to happen, stop asking.

    The 35-year-old has previously admitted the manslaughter of Sir Richard, and pleaded guilty to driving a Range Rover dangerously on the A303, A4 and M3.  

    A video interview with Anne has revealed how the attack took place. The 66-year-old said she had returned from the supermarket at about 6pm and had just fed the dogs in the kitchen, when her son came in and attacked her with a ‘nice and sharp’ kitchen knife. 

    She added: ‘He certainly didn’t look like he was going to help me peel potatoes, let’s put it that way.’  

    In a video interview shown to the court, recorded at Salisbury Hospital on June 29, 2021, the 66-year-old is sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a pink top and grey scarf, holding a pillow.

    She told the court that she had returned from the supermarket at about 6pm and had just fed the dogs in the kitchen, when her son came in and attacked her with a ‘nice and sharp’ kitchen knife.

    She said: ‘I am quite happy, possibly singing a little tune, but I am in a good mood when Tom comes in to the kitchen.

    ‘Tom comes into the kitchen. Tom looks unusual, I think that is the best description, his eyes are quite, weird is not the word, almost frightening look, because they look terribly, terribly determined.

    ‘I say ‘What’s the matter?’ or ‘Are you all right?’, and I see a knife and I remember saying ‘Don’t be so silly’, because he gives me an indication.’

    She added: ‘He stood with his knife, he certainly didn’t look like he was going to help me peel potatoes, let’s put it that way, it was definitely a threatening posture.’

    Ms Schreiber continued: ‘I believe that he stabbed me, I received some stab wounds from him and I remember looking at the knife in me and being surprised that it doesn’t hurt.

    ‘I am also remembering me saying ‘What are you doing?’ or something ridiculous like that, and being very surprised that it doesn’t hurt more.

    ‘Then I believe, I may be wrong, that Richard comes in from the other living room, shouting and screaming, he was definitely alive because I did see him.’

    She added: ‘I remember him stabbing me again and then I do not know what happens to Richard.

    ‘I honestly can’t say that I have seen Richard being stabbed by Tom, but I know I am, that’s for sure.

    Body-worn video also shows Schreiber (right), who had been tasered, being dragged from the Range Rover before officers remove his clothes to locate where he had stabbed himself

    Body-worn video also shows Schreiber (right), who had been tasered, being dragged from the Range Rover before officers remove his clothes to locate where he had stabbed himself

    Schreiber is heard repeatedly calling out: 'Please kill me now, please just shoot me,' and adding: 'I am asking you to put a bullet in my f****** head'

    Schreiber is heard repeatedly calling out: ‘Please kill me now, please just shoot me,’ and adding: ‘I am asking you to put a bullet in my f****** head’

    ‘He also goes behind me towards the island, and I do believe he stabs me on the back at that time, and I am afraid that is as far as my memory goes.’

    The defendant sat with his head facing down for much of his mother’s evidence, looking up occasionally at the screen.

    She continued: ‘He was definitely not himself, I would swear on oath that the man who came in my kitchen could have been a total stranger, he looked not out of normal but unusual, because I was shocked when I saw him.

    ‘His eyes were very unusual, his face was screwed up in an extraordinary grimace, he looked very, very out of control.’

    She added: ‘I have some awful nightmares relating to this time, in my head, but they are not real so I can’t use them – I was trapped and he was my captor but they are not real.’ 

    Mrs Schreiber said Sir Richard had been in his study or living room while she was in the kitchen when Schreiber began attacking her.

    She said: ‘I think I’m just cooking quite happily, might even be singing a little although I don’t really have any voice to sing with. But I’m in a good mood.

    ‘I’m standing with my back to the door… when Thomas comes in to the kitchen where we have a big island.

    ‘I heard a kerfuffle… to make me turn around and go towards the island in the middle of the room where Tom is standing.

    ‘Thomas looked unusual… His eyes were quite weird… I would say almost frightening to look at because they looked terribly, terribly determined.

    ‘I received some stabs from him and I remember looking at the knife in me and being surprised that it didn’t hurt more.

    ‘Then I believe – I may be wrong – but I believe Richard comes in to the kitchen from his other living room shouting and screaming.

    ‘He was definitely alive then because I did see him… I 100 per cent believe he was alive then.

    ‘I remember seeing him at least making an entrance, talking in a loud voice.

    ‘I don’t know what happened to Richard.

    ‘You want the truth and honestly I can’t say that I saw Richard being stabbed by Thomas but I know I am [being stabbed] that’s for sure.’ 

    Describing her son, Ms Schreiber said: ‘He is always a person, I wonder where have I gone wrong, also in some ways I have failed him.

    Thomas Schreiber, 34, listening to his mother Anne Schreiber, who appeared via video link, at Winchester Crown Court, where he is on trial accused of the murder of Sir Richard Sutton and the attempted murder of his mother

    Thomas Schreiber, 34, listening to his mother Anne Schreiber, who appeared via video link, at Winchester Crown Court, where he is on trial accused of the murder of Sir Richard Sutton and the attempted murder of his mother

    ‘David didn’t fail him, he spoiled him a terrible amount, and so did I, but with the love oozing on to him and having two older siblings.

    ‘It’s very difficult when you talk about bringing up children, it’s almost as if I have given Tom an enormous amount of love, and I certainly loved him, I have spoilt him.

    ‘He was a very attractive little boy with blond hair, he had a furious temperament.

    ‘He can be very aggressive, especially towards me, I did seem to take the brunt, I couldn’t get away with very much before he jumped on me.

    ‘He was also very aggressive towards his beloved dad, David, who he absolutely adored.’

    Ms Schreiber said that the defendant had strangled her while driving home from a party, about two years earlier.

    She said: ‘I didn’t retaliate at all, I just waited until it was all over, he can then turn round and be as good as gold, it’s a weird combination, he jolly well knows when he has his hands round your throat though.’ 

    Anne also gave fresh evidence to the court from hospital while sat in a wheelchair and said she could now remember Sir Richard trying to stop her son stabbing her.

    Speaking to the jury via a video link, Mrs Schreiber said she struggled to recall many of the events of that evening but could recall her husband trying to protect her from her ‘volatile’ son.

    During the cross examination, Schreiber’s lawyer suggested to her that shortly before the attack she had accused her son of being ‘drunk just like your father’.

    She told the court she could not remember but agreed it was likely there had been an argument in which Schreiber said ‘I’m not f***ing drunk’ and called her ‘a gold digging b****’.

    Beginning her life evidence, Mrs Schreiber described her current condition, saying: ‘I’ve got a bit of a wobbly head… I’m absolutely fit as a fiddle, it’s just my head falls off a bit from time to time.’

    Asked if Schreiber found it difficult to adjust to the move to Moorhill because she was moving in with another man, she replied: ‘Yes he did find it difficult…

    ‘Thomas did not like my friend and lover Richard Sutton to be part of his life… he would probably have preferred to live in his own house.’

    Asked if she could remember cooking in the kitchen before the attack she said: ‘Yes absolutely I remember all that.’

    But when asked what happened in the five to ten minutes beforehand, she said: ‘I would love to help you out… my memory… is rather limited…

    ‘I remember Thomas coming in to the kitchen… I was cooking and my back was turned… and Thomas came in to the kitchen… I believe that my [partner] Richard Sutton was tucked up in his lounge chair.’

    She added: ‘It sounds really pathetic but sometimes I have a perfectly all right memory of this week, and other times I really struggle again.’  

    Sir Richard  had a knife plunged 12cm into his heart while Mrs Schreiber, 66, was stabbed so many times during the ‘vicious assault’ she was left paralysed from the neck down and breathing through a ventilator.

    The Moorhill estate in the hamlet of Higher Langham near Gillingham, Dorset, was left covered in blood and looking like a ‘warzone’ following the frenzied attack.

    Today at Winchester Crown Court, Schreiber’s ‘best friend’ James Reid gave evidence about chilling messages sent in the lead up to the killing. The court heard Schreiber wrote to 64-year-old Mr Reid ‘I’m thinking of revenge morning and night’ and said he wanted to ‘go out with a bang’. 

    In March 2021, he said: ‘I’m so sad to report that my mind is consumed with hatred of the very worst kind towards my family. They really hurt me betrayed me and destroyed all trust.

    ‘Simply put I contemplate murdering them all morning day and night. It’s not what I want to think about but it’s the truth. I want them to suffer.’

    He added: ‘I think and strategise every single day about how best to murder my mother and co… that’s how bad my mind is at.’

    As far back as September 2020, Schreiber was spewing hatred about his family and Sir Richard to his friend on WhatsApp.

    Thomas Schreiber, 35, allegedly murdered Sir Richard Sutton, 83, and stabbed his mother Anne Schreiber following months of resentment

    Thomas Schreiber, 35, allegedly murdered Sir Richard Sutton, 83, and stabbed his mother Anne Schreiber following months of resentment

    He wrote: ‘Sir f***ing Richard (again) raised his hand at me tonight as mum stood by him and watched. I pushed him back and told him to go f**k himself and his prejudiced ways.

    ‘F***ing nightmare, especially as I was cooking them an incredible roast duck recipe that took me two hours in total to make.

    ‘This b******t will never stop, these people are toxic c***s and the tragic thing is that it’s my own family.

    ‘It really is time to walk away. I have a plan which I’m working on. There are many holes in it but it’s a plan nonetheless. Revenge is at its heart which I’m sure I’ll regret but it’s about time.

    ‘Because of the tory, capitalist controlling security people like this live behind they will always be protected from their crimes and misdemeanours.

    ‘I’ve had enough of this security and watching people behaving as if they’re invincible.

    ‘No one is invincible. I intend to show that I am not invisible and that I won’t take this anymore. It’s one thing to walk away and another to walk with and go out with a BANG!

    ‘No one will be hurt physically.’

    The court previously heard how Schreiber living with the couple at the sprawling country estate became a ‘vicious triangle’ as Sir Richard became ‘consumed’ with trying to get rid of the aspiring painter.

    His daughter Caroline Sutton even revealed the hotelier paid Schreiber £100,000 for a house deposit in a desperate attempt to get him to leave his home.

    Sir Richard, who last year was listed at number 435 in the Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated family fortune of £301 million, was killed following rows with Schreiber about the inheritance of a family chandelier and a day at the races.

    The 83-year-old owned a sprawling property empire and more than 7,000 acres of land, including the five-star Sheraton Grand on London’s Park Lane and the Athenaeum hotel in Mayfair.

    Schreiber has admitted manslaughter over the hotelier’s death but denies murdering him. He pleads not guilty to the attempted murder of his mother.

    He has also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the night of the killing, after he fled in a Range Rover and was captured by police after a 135mph high speed chase from Wiltshire to London.

    Sir Richard’s body was found on the landing, after he was initially attacked downstairs and limped upstairs where Schreiber is said to have stabbed him a further five times in the chest with a kitchen knife.

    The prosecution say Schreiber repeatedly knifed his ‘toxic and gold digging’ mother and Sir Richard after fantasising for months about their murders.

    Sir Richard had two children by his first wife Fiamma, and five grandchildren.

    Mrs Schreiber, a Danish-born physiotherapist who has a practice in Milborne Port, Dorset, has three grown-up children including son Thomas.

    The trial continues

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