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Melsonby postmaster GUILTY!

Custody photo of Robin Garbutt

2:52pm 19th April 2011
(Updated 8:43am 21st April 2011)

Sub-postmaster Robin Garbutt has been found guilty of beating his wife to death and sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of twenty years.

The 45 year old was today convicted of murder at Teeside Crown Court by the jury of eight men and four women.

Mr Garbutt killed his 40 year old wife, Diana, by hitting her three times over the head with a metal bar in the early hours of March 23rd 2010.

He then faked a robbery at the The Village Shop and Post Office, in Melsonby near Richmond in North Yorkshire, in an attempt to cover up his crime.

During the four week trial, the jury heard how the defendant had debts of £30,000 on six credit cards.

His wife had relationships with three other men, had signed up to a dating site and had discussed moving out.

BACKGROUND

Listen to Robin Garbutt's 999 call to North Yorkshire Police:


Listen to Robin Garbutt's 999 call fabricating a story about intruders to his post office in Melsonby:

Pictured below is the suspected murder weapon: A hard blunt object which stuck Diana Garbutt three times killing her:


Suspected murder weapon 

Rust debris from the suspected murder weapon on bed cover

PICTURED ABOVE: Rust debris from the suspected murder weapon on bed cover.

PICTURED BELOW: Custody photo of Robin Garbutt.

Custody photo of Robin Garbutt

PICTURED BELOW: Back door to Melsonby shop and post office

Back door to Melsonby shop and post office

PICTURED BELOW: Two pictures of the interior of Melsonby shop and post office.

Interior of Melsonby shop and post office 2

Interior of Melsonby shop and post office 1

PICTURED BELOW: Robin and Diana Garbutt

Diana Garbutt with Robin Garbutt

 

STATEMENT FROM THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE 

Robin Garbutt, of Melsonby, North Yorkshire has been found guilty of bludgeoning his wife, Diana Garbutt, to death and then lying about an attempted robbery to cover his tracks,   CPS North Yorkshire said today.

Andrew Moore, District Crown Prosecutor with CPS North Yorkshire:

“Diana Garbutt’s life was cut brutally and tragically short. Her family is left to forever mourn her loss. She was violently bludgeoned to death by her husband as she lay sleeping.  It was a callous crime motivated by the basest of human characteristics.

“Robin Garbutt went to great lengths in creating a cover story involving a robber with a gun, bludgeoning his wife to death: a story which he maintained throughout the trial - lying about his finances, lying about his relationship with his wife and lying about the robbery - to conceal his appalling crimes.

“We have worked closely with North Yorkshire Police to build a robust prosecution case and secure justice for Diana. Our thoughts are with her family and we hope that today’s conviction will bring them some measure of comfort and peace.”

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