Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, an 83-year-old Baronet, was attacked inside his £2m home in north Dorset, on Wednesday night.
Police received a call from a member of the public concerned for the welfare of the occupants of the house. When they got there they found Sir Richard with fatal knife wounds. Nothing could be done to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.15 pm.
A woman in her 60s, believed to be his wife, also suffered knife injuries in the bloodbath at Moorhill, a large detached property in the tiny hamlet. A 34-year-old man – believed to be known to the victims – was arrested on suspicion of murder 100 miles away in London three hours later.
Sir Richard was described as an ‘old English gentry landowner’ who was worth an estimated £301m and was at number 435 on the Sunday Times Rich List.
He owned a huge portfolio of hotels, property and farms across the country.
A spokesman for the Sir Richard Sutton Limited (SRSL) said today: “We are deeply saddened and devastated by the sudden death of Sir Richard Sutton, announced this morning.
“Sir Richard was a caring, generous and warm family man, who genuinely regarded those who worked for him as part of his extended family.
“Sir Richard was passionately devoted to both his company and its people, setting the highest and standards for quality in the hotels, farming and property interests within the group.
Source: UK Sun