A 34-year-old man has admitted the manslaughter of Sir Richard Sutton, the millionaire hotelier, but denied his murder, a court has heard.
Thomas Schreiber, of Gillingham, Dorset, was arrested after Sir Richard, who owned a string of top hotels in London, was found with serious injuries at an address in Higher Langham, near Gillingham, Dorset, on April 7.
Sir Richard, 83, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.15pm and his partner, Anne Schreiber, Thomas Schreiber’s mother, was airlifted to hospital also suffering from serious injuries.
On Monday at Winchester Crown Court, Schreiber pleaded guilty to manslaughter of Sir Richard, but denied murdering him and denied the attempted murder of his mother.
Rob Welling, prosecuting, told the court that the manslaughter plea was not acceptable to the Crown Prosecution Service and the case would proceed to trial on November 29. The judge, Mr Justice Garnham, remanded Mr Schreiber in custody until then.