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Convicted murderer Robin Garbutt is to appeal his conviction

Custody photo of Robin Garbutt

2:18pm 11th November 2011
(Updated 6:13pm 11th November 2011)

Convicted murderer Robin Garbutt is to appeal his conviction.

The appeal has been lodged and his lawyers say "the process to clear his name has began."

Robin was convicted for murdering his wife Diana in their Melsonby Post Office.


Today (Friday November 11th 2011) an appeal has been lodged with the Court of Appeal into the conviction of Robin Garbutt, aged 46, of Melsonby, North Yorkshire, for the murder of his wife Diana Garbutt.

Diana was found dead at the couple's home in the village Post Office on March 23rd 2010. 

Robin was found guilty of her murder by a jury at Teesside Crown Court on April 19th 2011.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 20 years.

The appeal is being led by  Mr Jamie Hill QC Robin's barrister throughout his trial.
Robin and his family have protested his innocence from day one and his sister, Sallie Wood of North Yorkshire issues this statement on behalf of the family:
"We welcome today's news which we hope will result in the overturning of this terrible miscarriage of justice.
"My family has been devastated by the events of the last 18 months but have been strengthened by Robin's unwavering bravery - firstly in the face of the unbelievable allegations and then on being convicted of a crime he didn't commit.
"Robin is the most genuine, kind, gentle and honest person you could ever wish to meet.  But he is incarcerated in Frankland Prison in Durham - a maximum security prison - for a crime he didn't do.

"Knowing he is there is a living nightmare and one that has affected my family terribly.
"Robin and the family have been overwhelmed by the support from friends and neighbours as well as from total strangers. 

"There are prayer groups around the world praying that justice will be done.

"He has received more than 500 letters and cards while in prison - knowing that all those people believe in my brother keeps me, my mum and the rest of the family going and gives us the strength to fight for his name to be cleared.
"Somewhere out there is the person, or persons, that murdered Di and who is to say they wont do it again.  

"We hope that whoever they are they will eventually be caught and brought to justice, although the damage to my brother will never be repaired.
"He loved and worshipped Di, anyone who knows him knows he was devoted to her.

"Being accused of killing her has left him with a broken heart which will never mend.
"I will fight to prove Robin's innocence until my dying day, I know he did not kill Di and will stop at nothing to bring an end to this travesty of justice." 


PICTURE ONE: Diana and Robin Garbutt

PICTURE TWO: Robin Garbutt when arrested

Diana Garbutt with Robin Garbutt

Custody photo of Robin Garbutt


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