York & North Yorkshire

Diana Garbutt murder appeal hearing date set

A hearing to decide if a North Yorkshire man can appeal against his conviction for murdering his wife will take place in May, police have said.

Robin Garbutt was jailed for at least 20 years for killing Diana Garbutt as she slept in living quarters above Melsonby Village Shop and Post Office.

The 45-year-old beat his wife to death in March 2010 but blamed intruders, Teesside Crown Court was told.

The Court of Appeal will rule on his request for leave to appeal on 15 May.

Garbutt's sister Sallie Wood said his conviction for the murder of 40-year-old Mrs Garbutt was a "terrible miscarriage of justice".

However, sentencing him in April 2011, Mr Justice Openshaw said Garbutt's lies had been exposed as "pure humbug".

Correction 4 April 2012: This story has been amended to clarify that the next court hearing will centre around whether Garbutt will be granted leave to appeal, rather than it being an appeal hearing.

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