Sir Richard Sutton's murder suspect carefully tended his dad's grave just hours before £300m hotelier stabbed to death

SIR Richard Sutton’s suspected killer carefully tended his father’s grave just hours before allegedly stabbing the multi-millionaire, The Sun can reveal.

Thomas Schreiber, 34, visited the cemetery before Sir Richard, 83, worth £300million, was knifed to death at his country estate in Dorset.

Shocked police said he was stabbed so many times it “looked like he had been shot”.

Danish partner Anne Schreiber, 65, was last night in hospital critically ill with stab wounds.

Sources said Thomas Schreiber had been seen at the graveside in the small town of Stalbridge, Dorset, on Wednesday afternoon, hours before the double knife attack.

Fresh daffodils had been placed at the grave and the grass had been freshly strimmed back.

Baronet Sir Richard, described as an “extraordinary country gentleman” owned vast amounts of property across the country and lived in a £5million mansion at Higher Langham near Gillingham, Dorset.

Police officers were alerted by a concerned family member who lives nearby and Sir Richard was found fatally stabbed with “multiple” wounds.

A woman who worked for him for many years sobbed as she said: “He was nothing but a lovely caring man who wanted to do good for people. It’s an absolute tragedy.”

The woman said she knew “instantly” something “awful” had happened to Sir Richard when she saw police activity at his house.

She said: “We watched it from the upstairs bedroom unfold and I knew it was something really bad. I went up there but the police wouldn’t tell me anything.

“When we found out he was dead this morning I was just devastated.

“He was such a lovely man, you would never think he had money. He always wore an old anorak and drove an old car.

“But he was very much old money and a total gentleman.”

Police tracked the suspect across Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey before he was eventually brought to a halt with a “hard stop” by the Met in ­Hammersmith, West London, on Wednesday evening.

Thomas was found to have serious stab wounds and was taken to hospital.

The baronet, who inherited his title and estate in 1981, was 435th on the Sunday Times’ Rich List.

He owned the Sheraton Grand and Athenaeum hotels in Mayfair, West London.

Sir Richard had two children — Caroline, 55, and David, aged 61 — by his first marriage to Italian born Fiamma.

Anne has four children Piers, Louisa, 39, Rose, 35, and Tom, 34.

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