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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1065 on: February 19, 2020, 11:58:57 PM »
Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
Great documentary, shocking+heartbreaking in equal measure. I am fighting4my friend http://RobinGarbuttOfficial.com who`s life was destroyed on 23/03/2010 when his wife was murdered in their PO+worse was2come when Rob was wrongly accused of theft-Can I introduce the PO/Horizon scandal...

https://mobile.twitter.com/hanksoff03/status/1230233571664826370

999: Killers on the line

“A look at murderers who called emergency services on their own crimes, creating elaborate cover stories to try to avoid justice. Includes news footage as well as police and court documents.


The story of Robin Garbutt who murdered his wife and then called 999 to report that she had been killed by an armed robber in their North Yorkshire home.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6312006/


“A SHOPKEEPER has been jailed for life after being convicted of the cold blooded murder of his postmistress wife as she slept.

Robin Garbutt struck his wife Diana, 40, three times with an iron bar, smashing her skull in a bedroom above the post office and shop they ran in Melsonby, near Richmond, on March 23 last year.

The 45-year-old shook his head slightly but otherwise appeared emotionless as a jury at Teesside Crown Court yesterday found him guilty of her murder by a 10-2 majority after deliberating for more than 12 hours over three days.

One of his sisters sobbed in the public gallery.

Ordering him to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison, trial judge Mr Justice Openshaw said Garbutt had stuck to the same “ludicrous story” from beginning to end that she had been killed by an armed robber.

He said Garbutt had not shown the slightest regret or remorse. “He has always accompanied his lies with sanctimonious protests of his love for her. By their verdict the jury has exposed this as pure humbug. This was a brutal, planned, cold blooded murder of his wife as she lay asleep in bed.”

The four-week trial heard Mrs Garbutt had been increasingly unfaithful to her husband and would regularly go on internet dating sites late at night.

The judge said it was plain from the evidence that “there were tensions in this marriage not apparent to their friends in the village”.

Despite Garbutt’s denials it emerged the shop was trading at a loss and the couple had extensive debts “only keeping afloat by unexplained injections of cash” made by Garbutt personally.

The judge said he was satisfied that cash came from Garbutt stealing from the post office safe and the motive for the murder was his fear of exposure.

It was Garbutt who was running the business and he did not accept that Mrs Garbutt would have gone along with the fraud had she found the safe empty.

He said Garbutt’s evidence that his wife had counted the money in the safe in the week leading to her death in an “attempt to implicate her” was one of his more unattractive lies.

A crisis was looming because they were due to go on holiday to America and a relief postmistress was coming in who would count the money in the safe “which had not been independently checked for a couple of years

She would have found there was nothing like the £16,000 there recorded by Garbutt. He knew he would be exposed, face prosecution, imprisonment and disgrace.

The judge said it might have been significant that Mrs Garbutt had taken the business books upstairs on the night before her death to prepare the accounts at the end of the tax year “but I must avoid straying into speculation”.

Garbutt waited until his wife was asleep “and in the early hours of the morning crept silently into her bedroom”, said Mr Justice Openshaw. “There was no struggle, she never awoke. He struck three savage blows with the bar smashing her skull.”

The shopkeeper then dumped the bar on the wall of a garage across the road and as his wife’s body lay in bed developing rigor mortis “he acted a charade, feigning cheerfulness in an attempt to deceive customers”.

At 8.35am he locked the shop before making a 999 call pretending he had been robbed and his wife murdered by the intruder.

North Yorkshire Police said it would carry out a review to see where lessons could be learned after Garbutt’s defence team likened its investigation to a “comedy of errors”.

A police officer’s DNA was found on the murder weapon and a clump of hair found on Mrs Garbutt’s blood-spattered pillow was lost before it could be analysed.

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/video-shopkeeper-gets-life-for-brutal-murder-of-his-unfaithful-wife-1-3303799
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1066 on: February 20, 2020, 11:52:04 AM »
Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
I keep hearing a little voice in my ear `Knowledge is power` - So I`m learning as much as I can - So much to learn - Freedom for http://RobinGarbuttOfficial.com

https://mobile.twitter.com/hanksoff03/status/1223992378333310979

50 Shades Of Gaslighting: Disturbing Signs An Abuser Is Twisting Your Reality

Deliberate manipulators who gaslight with the intention of eroding your reality and rewriting history tend to use the “illusory truth effect” to their advantage. They will repeat falsehoods so often that they become ingrained in the victim’s mind as unshakeable truths.

“Gaslighting has become a well-known term in the abuse survivor community, particularly for the survivors of malignant narcissists. Unlike more vulnerable narcissists who may possess more of a capacity for remorse, malignant narcissists truly believe in their superiority, are grandiose and lie on the higher end of the narcissistic spectrum. They have antisocial traits, demonstrate paranoia, bear an excessive sense of entitlement, show a callous lack of empathy and display an egregious liking for interpersonal exploitation.


https://thoughtcatalog.com/shahida-arabi/2017/11/50-shades-of-gaslighting-the-disturbing-signs-an-abuser-is-twisting-your-reality/


Michelle Diskin Bates
@Michelle_Diskin
Feb 16
Replying to
@reece_dinsdale
I’m someone who has been well and truly trolled! I see them for who and what they are...bullies. I’m fortunate that I don’t have to care about, nor engage with them. I just ‘OUT’ them. They don’t like exposure. Adversity made me strong!
https://mobile.twitter.com/Michelle_Diskin/status/1229158096691437568


So ‘strong’ she chooses to remain silent on issues related to ‘violence against women’, for example

So ‘strong’ anyone who dares to question her version of events is classified a ‘troll’ or a ‘bully’

 *&^^&

Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
Dec 21, 2019
You are a troll ***** and I have been warned about you.


Why would Michelle Diskin Bates choose to not warn other women, like Hanksoff03, about the dangers of ‘malignant narcissists’ ?

Narcissist Traits
* Interpersonally exploitative.
* Lacking empathy: unwilling or unable to recognize the feelings and needs of others.
* Negative reaction to criticism (they can interpret us asking to have our needs met as criticism.)
* Difficulty in admitting mistakes or taking responsibility for their bad behavior.
* Using fear to control people.


🎀 Michelle Diskin Bates 🎀
@Michelle_Diskin
Feb 16
Consideration costs nothing. If it ain’t edifying...zip it!
9:23 PM · Feb 16, 2020·Twitter for iPad

https://mobile.twitter.com/Michelle_Diskin/status/1229154350636969989

 *&^^&
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1067 on: February 22, 2020, 08:53:05 PM »
999: Killers on the line

A look at murderers who called emergency services on their own crimes, creating elaborate cover stories to try to avoid justice. Includes news footage as well as police and court documents.


The story of Robin Garbutt who murdered his wife and then called 999 to report that she had been killed by an armed robber in their North Yorkshire home.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6312006/


Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
I must be missing something @EmpowerInnocent

 ...how come at that point the penny didn`t drop for the CCRC? (who only exist because of the outcry following that tragic miscarriage)..it`s like setting up a university to help support learners, but then not letting learners inFace without mouth
3:59 PM · Feb 22, 2020·Twitter Web App


 *&^^&

And liked by Trudi Benjamin, William Beck & a couple of others
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1068 on: February 22, 2020, 11:27:54 PM »
Dr Michael Naughton - 2019
Empowering the Innocent (ETI)
@EmpowerInnocent
2/2 We were informed by his wife that he had confessed & wrote to him for confirmation & to let us know HOW he did it. He did not reply. We have never seen a signed confession. But, even if he did confess, like many innocent victims do, HOW did he do it & where is the evidence?
https://mobile.twitter.com/EmpowerInnocent/status/1186527971970048001

Dr Michael Naughton - 2013

“We are not shocked - we are alive to the possibility that a lot of people who say they are innocent are not.

"We are looking for needles in haystacks in our project.

"It is quite sad in terms of the waste of resources and the distress to (Mrs Albert's) family members when it turns out like this."

And the "thousands of hours" Bristol law students have spent on the Hall case, said Dr Naughton, could easily have been spent on "somebody else's case".


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-23630287
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Offline Myster

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1069 on: February 23, 2020, 06:48:44 AM »
Dr Michael Naughton - 2019
Dr Michael Naughton - 2013

“We are not shocked - we are alive to the possibility that a lot of people who say they are innocent are not.

"We are looking for needles in haystacks in our project.

"It is quite sad in terms of the waste of resources and the distress to (Mrs Albert's) family members when it turns out like this."

And the "thousands of hours" Bristol law students have spent on the Hall case, said Dr Naughton, could easily have been spent on "somebody else's case".


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-23630287
Is that the same Ray Hollingsworth who died last December?...

https://www.familynotices24.co.uk/est/view/4718092/ray-hollingsworth

Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1070 on: February 23, 2020, 08:33:45 AM »
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1071 on: February 24, 2020, 09:44:17 AM »
Dr Michael Naughton 2013
”We are not shocked - we are alive to the possibility that a lot of people who say they are innocent are not.

"We are looking for needles in haystacks in our project.

"It is quite sad in terms of the waste of resources and the distress to (Mrs Albert's) family members when it turns out like this."

And the "thousands of hours" Bristol law students have spent on the Hall case, said Dr Naughton, could easily have been spent on "somebody else's case".


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-23630287

Dr Michael Naughton 2019
Conversation
Empowering the Innocent (ETI)
@EmpowerInnocent
1/2 Thank you Wullie, but I suspect you are dealing with an ignorant troll. We never said that Simon Hall WAS innocent. Rather, we investigated his claim of innocence, which is a fundamentally different things, and showed the so called “evidence” to be totally discredited.

https://mobile.twitter.com/EmpowerInnocent/status/1186526810068193281

Empowering the Innocent (ETI)
@EmpowerInnocent
2/2 We were informed by his wife that he had confessed & wrote to him for confirmation & to let us know HOW he did it. He did not reply. We have never seen a signed confession. But, even if he did confess, like many innocent victims do, HOW did he do it & where is the evidence?
https://mobile.twitter.com/EmpowerInnocent/status/1186527971970048001

The above is evidence of ‘gaslighting’ and shows Dr Michael Naughtons attempts to invalidate knowledge, with a fallacy based, fake version of reality.

Dr Michael Naughton claimed last year,  ”We have never seen a signed confession”

How are signed confessions viewed within the ‘wrongful conviction’ arena ?

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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1072 on: February 24, 2020, 10:09:53 AM »
Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
I must be missing something @EmpowerInnocent

 ...how come at that point the penny didn`t drop for the CCRC? (who only exist because of the outcry following that tragic miscarriage)..it`s like setting up a university to help support learners, but then not letting learners inFace without mouth
3:59 PM · Feb 22, 2020·Twitter Web App


Empowering the Innocent (ETI)
@EmpowerInnocent
Simple really, not enough people care enough to raise awareness of the failures of the @ccrcupdate in assisting alleged innocent applicants and/or are willing to fight against the “real possibility test” and fresh evidence criteria and the reform or replacement of the CCRC.


Liked by Trudi Benjamin & 5 others

Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
Feb 23
I care deeply and the more aware I become the more determined I am to do all I can - Freedom for http://RobinGarbuttOfficial.com


Why hasn’t the ‘penny dropped’ for Hanksoff03 that she is another of Robin Garbutts victims?

And why are those around her clearly playing on her emotions as opposed to helping her view the case objectively?

Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
Feb 23
Heartbreakingly true @Michelle_Diskin
. http://RobinGarbuttOfficial.com `s fighting a great big machine, one that should be giving hope2the factually innocent,recognising truth+protecting them+rescuing them from shocking mistakes in CJS system, that put them in prison in the first place
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1073 on: February 24, 2020, 01:11:29 PM »
Empowering the Innocent (ETI)
@EmpowerInnocent
Simple really, not enough people care enough to raise awareness of the failures of the @ccrcupdate in assisting alleged innocent applicants and/or are willing to fight against the “real possibility test” and fresh evidence criteria and the reform or replacement of the CCRC.


‘Assisting alleged innocent applicants’ what about the hundreds of ‘chancers’ who attempt to overturn their convictions on technicalities?

Why did Dr Michael Naughton choose not use the exposure of Simon Hall’s guilt as an opportunity to highlight the CCRC’s failings?
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1074 on: February 25, 2020, 11:05:44 AM »
‘Assisting alleged innocent applicants’ what about the hundreds of ‘chancers’ who attempt to overturn their convictions on technicalities?

Why did Dr Michael Naughton choose not use the exposure of Simon Hall’s guilt as an opportunity to highlight the CCRC’s failings?

Has Dr Michael Naughton warned Hanksoff03 of the red flags to look out for?

Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
Feb 23
I care deeply and the more aware I become the more determined I am to do all I can - Freedom for http://RobinGarbuttOfficial.com


Empowering the Innocent (ETI)
@EmpowerInnocent
I know you do, Jane. You are totally committed to the fight against wrongful convictions but we need more like you, many more.
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1075 on: February 28, 2020, 12:52:51 PM »
Consultant solicitor Glynn Maddocks talking of the Paul Blackburn case@ approx 25.30 here https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/practice-areas/human-rights/interview-with-glyn-maddocks/

states,
 
“.....but his confession was interesting in as much as he used words that no 14 year old with his educational background would ever have used”

Paul Blackburn (14 years old) 
Quote
"Yes, it was me -- give me a minute"


Mick Geen
@J4BenGeen
Such valuable work for the wrongly convicted-
@Madocwales
 has spent more than 30yrs representing individuals who have suffered miscarriages of justice-Next month & in recognition of his work in this field Glyn Maddox will be made an honorary Queen’s Counsel.

Glyn Maddocks: Criminal justice won’t face up to miscarriages
‘The long-serving campaigner for historic appeals fears that the commission is too weak to right past wrongs, he tells Catherine Baksi

“In every other walk of life, if something goes wrong an independent inquiry looks into failures and errors - the criminal justice system doesn’t”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/glyn-maddox-criminal-justice-wont-face-up-to-miscarriages-dj2v7gz2w

Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
So happy that Glyn`s (
@Madocwales ) incredible work is being recognised.His dedication2the whole cause of wrongful convictions is remarkable+I will never be able2thank him enough for all the help given in our fight for http://RobinGarbuttOfficial.com. A truly lovely, lovely gentleman x


Glyn Maddocks, ‘A truly lovely, lovely gentleman’, - and it appears an ideal ‘target’ for a con artist

’Criminal justice won’t face up to miscarriages’ or -

those working within the ‘miscarriage of justice/wrongful conviction’ arena won’t face up to having been conned/getting it wrong

Mark Newby wants to go back to where it all began if he wants to truly understand how and why genuine victims aren’t being recognised by the state.

Before delivering the above speech and feeding into the ideologies of all those who were in attendance at the meeting, he should look at those convictions that have been overturned on technicalities, recognise the con artists and wolves in sheep’s clothing and look at how their cases have changed the criminal justice system and indeed legislation.

the fundamental problem’ with all those individuals who choose to never admit to their ‘mistakes is that’ they are ‘in a downward spiral

organisations that cannot admit fault in the end will become failing organisations. The easiest answer is to brush it under the carpet or find an excuse for why things went wrong.’

Mark Newby - “Challenging Miscarriages – the Inability of the System to Accept Responsibility” 2015
The next few years will determine what sort of society we want to be in the end, if we truly believe in justice we shall have to learn how to say sorry and put right our errors.

We should not fight against compensating men such as Victor Nealon, Sam Hallam and Ian Lawless we should embrace the opportunity to do so. We should embrace our failures they are the road to success and better organisations.

http://bfms.org.uk/challenging-miscarriages-of-justice/
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1076 on: March 03, 2020, 01:09:55 PM »
Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
Poor RobinGarbutt's case would no doubt never have gone to trial had POHorizon ran their business as it should-it's now a heartbreaking wrongful conviction with so much pain for so many- 100% innocent-+still locked away -freedom4Robin Garbutt et al :,(


Yet further and blatant evidence of ‘gaslighting’ and ‘attempts to invalidate knowledge, with a fallacy based, fake version of reality’by Michelle Diskin Bates


BBC Breakfast
@BBCBreakfast
Mar 2
The sub-postmasters scandal continues.
#BBCBreakfast has found more than 50 cases of wrongful prosecutions are now being looked into by the
@ccrcupdate
Seema was accused of theft at her Post Office and went to prison.
@NinaWarhurst
 and Seema went to visit her former shop Arrow pointing rightwards then curving downwards

Michelle Diskin Bates
@Michelle_Diskin
Robin Garbutt had this used against him in a murder trial, he was a postmaster. He’s Innocent. The evidence was ‘bad character’ based on the supposed theft! Since there was nothing to link him to the murder, and Horzon was to blame, case should be reviewed. #Hanksoff3 #ccrcupdate

Just common sense?
@YouCommon
Absolute tosh. Diana was found with rigor mortis and dried blood matted in her hair despite supposedly being murdered 15 minutes earlier. Forensic pathology on undigested food would confirm she was killed hours earlier.

Michelle Diskin Bates
@Michelle_Diskin
Replying to
@YouCommon
@BBCBreakfast
 and 2 others
Oh my dear troll, I was waiting for you to out yourself again. All your posts are the same. Cruel and vindictive!
9:50 PM · Mar 2, 2020·Twitter for iPad

Just common sense?
@YouCommon
Replying to
@Michelle_Diskin
@BBCBreakfast
 and 2 others
Murdering your wife is cruel and vindictive.

Sorry you don't like the facts but Garbutt is guilty.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Michelle_Diskin/status/1234581864385536000

50 Shades Of Gaslighting: Disturbing Signs An Abuser Is Twisting Your Reality

Deliberate manipulators who gaslight with the intention of eroding your reality and rewriting history tend to use the “illusory truth effect” to their advantage. They will repeat falsehoods so often that they become ingrained in the victim’s mind as unshakeable truths.

“Gaslighting has become a well-known term in the abuse survivor community, particularly for the survivors of malignant narcissists. Unlike more vulnerable narcissists who may possess more of a capacity for remorse, malignant narcissists truly believe in their superiority, are grandiose and lie on the higher end of the narcissistic spectrum. They have antisocial traits, demonstrate paranoia, bear an excessive sense of entitlement, show a callous lack of empathy and display an egregious liking for interpersonal exploitation.


https://thoughtcatalog.com/shahida-arabi/2017/11/50-shades-of-gaslighting-the-disturbing-signs-an-abuser-is-twisting-your-reality/
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1077 on: March 05, 2020, 11:03:13 AM »
Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
Poor RobinGarbutt's case would no doubt never have gone to trial had POHorizon ran their business as it should-it's now a heartbreaking wrongful conviction with so much pain for so many- 100% innocent-+still locked away -freedom4Robin Garbutt et al :,(


Yet further and blatant evidence of ‘gaslighting’ and ‘attempts to invalidate knowledge, with a fallacy based, fake version of reality’by Michelle Diskin Bates


BBC Breakfast
@BBCBreakfast
Mar 2
The sub-postmasters scandal continues.
#BBCBreakfast has found more than 50 cases of wrongful prosecutions are now being looked into by the
@ccrcupdate
Seema was accused of theft at her Post Office and went to prison.
@NinaWarhurst
 and Seema went to visit her former shop Arrow pointing rightwards then curving downwards

Michelle Diskin Bates
@Michelle_Diskin
Robin Garbutt had this used against him in a murder trial, he was a postmaster. He’s Innocent. The evidence was ‘bad character’ based on the supposed theft! Since there was nothing to link him to the murder, and Horzon was to blame, case should be reviewed. #Hanksoff3 #ccrcupdate

Just common sense?
@YouCommon
Absolute tosh. Diana was found with rigor mortis and dried blood matted in her hair despite supposedly being murdered 15 minutes earlier. Forensic pathology on undigested food would confirm she was killed hours earlier.

Michelle Diskin Bates
@Michelle_Diskin
Replying to
@YouCommon
@BBCBreakfast
 and 2 others
Oh my dear troll, I was waiting for you to out yourself again. All your posts are the same. Cruel and vindictive!
9:50 PM · Mar 2, 2020·Twitter for iPad

Just common sense?
@YouCommon
Replying to
@Michelle_Diskin
@BBCBreakfast
 and 2 others
Murdering your wife is cruel and vindictive.

Sorry you don't like the facts but Garbutt is guilty.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Michelle_Diskin/status/1234581864385536000

Mark Stilborn, Sallie Wood & Jane Metcalfe are being conned (Their interviews can be seen in news link below)

Hanksoff03
@hanksoff03
ITV Calendar news visited us to do a piece on Robin`s case...I think the facts speak louder than the opinion `Nice men do bad things..` The story makes the news because http://RobinGarbuttOfficial.com is factually,actually innocent - http://Freedom4RobinGarbuttOfficial.com x


Village postmaster: "I didn't kill my wife." March 2020
Excerpt:
”Robin Garbutt claims there is new evidence. One key question his defence team has raised is about DNA on the murder weapon.
Diana Garbutt was bludgeoned to death with a metal bar.
Two days after the murder, it was found by a police officer on a wall across the road from the post office.
When it was swabbed, scientists found DNA from one unknown male and a police officer. New experts instructed by Garbutt's defence team say the same officer's DNA may well be among mixed DNA samples found in the rust on the pillow on Diana Garbutt's bed. But the officer was not on duty on the day of the murder. Robin Garbutt's defence team suggest that, at best, evidence has been seriously contaminated.


https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2020-03-03/village-postmaster-i-didn-t-kill-my-wife/

Sandra Leans book ‘No Smoke’, which she claimed she’d pulled from publication, is sat on the table in front of Sallie Wood - sister of Robin Garbutt

Sandra Lean today states here:http://jeremybamberforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,9986.msg456199.html#msg456199
I apologise for any confusion - No Smoke was published more than 12 years ago, before I had access to all of the case papers and I haven't read it/referenced it for many years. The book was based largely on court transcripts, which were all I had at the time. I've contacted the publisher today to ask for the book to be withdrawn.
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Barry George revisited.
« Reply #1078 on: March 07, 2020, 12:00:59 PM »
A classic case of ‘innocent fraud’


”A widower languishing behind bars for nearly ten years over a murder he claims he did not commit has made a new attempt to clear his name.

Diana Garbutt, 40, was killed by three heavy blows to the head with a rusty iron bar on March 23, 2010.

Postmaster husband Robin, 54, phoned 999 after apparently discovering her bloodied body in the living quarters upstairs at the post office he and his wife ran together in the North Yorkshire village of Melsonby. He claims the balaclava-clad intruder who held him up and forced him to hand over £16,000 from the safe was responsible.

But Garbutt was convicted by a jury majority of 10 to two a year later at Teesside Crown Court and jailed for life despite no physical evidence linking him to the scene.

As part of a third application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to have the investigation reopened, his legal team raise serious questions surrounding the DNA evidence.

When the murder weapon was swabbed, it was found to contain a full DNA profile belonging to an unknown male and another which later matched one of the police officers present when it was discovered.

They also suggest the same constable’s sample could potentially be among a mixed profile of at least three unknown males which was recovered from a rust mark on a pillowcase in the bedroom where she was killed – despite him not being on duty when the scene was examined, suggesting key evidence may have been contaminated.

Campaigners fighting for Garbutt’s release claim the unknown profile may hold the key to identifying the real killer, while all the other evidence pointing to his guilt has now been disproved.

A key part of the prosecution case was the time of death but the expert who gave evidence at trial has since been contradicted by a Home Office pathologist.

Jurors were told Diana died between 2.30am and 4.30am – long before the post office’s central locking system allowed the safe to be opened, at 8.30am. The assertion seemingly blew a huge hole in Garbutt’s claims of a robbery gone wrong.

But the expert instructed by his legal team subsequently concluded the time of death may have been much later than 4.30am – possibly even after 6.45am.

The revelation indicates it would have been almost impossible for Garbutt to have carried out the murder because the till roll shows a stream of customers from 5.15am through to around 8.30am that morning. Many of those gave evidence at the trial and all recalled Garbutt seeming his normal self.

The motive was said to have been that he was stealing cash from the post office, staged the robbery to cover up the shortfall and killed her, either in the process of it, or perhaps because she found out.

At around the same time, similar allegations of theft had been levelled at a dozens of other postmasters up and down the country after the computerised accounts showed money apparently going missing from the branches.

But it has since emerged that there was a massive glitch in the Horizon IT system which culminated in the Post Office recently settling a mammoth High Court case brought by 550 wrongly accused former postmasters for £58 million.

Although not one of the 56 who now look set to launch Britain’s largest ever miscarriage of justice case, Garbutt’s supporters hope the added weight of the scandal will help force the CCRC into action.

A long-time friend of his is leading the campaign for his release. Jane Metcalfe told Metro.co.uk: ‘Had the system worked properly, there is every chance that Robin’s case never would have got to trial because it would have proved he wasn’t stealing money and that plank of the prosecution case never would have arisen.’

Yet the CCRC has twice refused to refer the case back to the Court of Appeal because there is no new or fresh evidence to fulfil the body’s ‘real possibility test’ – in other words, a good chance an appeal court would quash the conviction. A spokesman said a ‘detailed analysis’ setting out the reasons accompanied each refusal and confirmed the latest application would be considered with an open mind.

Despite the brutality of the murder, there is no forensic evidence tying Garbutt to the crime scene. There was no blood spatter on his clothes and none of his DNA on either the pillowcase or the iron bar which was found on top of a wall across the road two days later.

Inexplicably, the most vital piece of evidence in the entire case was lost before the trial even started.

Crime scene photographs show a clump of hair on one of the pillows. It does not appear to belong to Diana or her husband, so had she ripped it from her attacker’s head during a struggle it would surely have held the killer’s DNA profile.

Solicitor Glyn Maddocks – who has been made an honorary QC for his work on miscarriages of justice – called the blunder ‘shocking’.

He told Metro.co.uk: ‘The way in which the forensic work has been handled and dealt with is disgraceful. It’s absolutely disgraceful and no-one could possibly argue otherwise.

‘It’s just such a shocking case. If it was you or your relative, you’d be absolutely horrified.’

With the key planks of the original prosecution case having seemingly disintegrated, Mr Maddocks is not even sure they would pursue a retrial.

Ms Metcalfe says there was only ever ‘circumstantial evidence. And that’s gone now.’

She added: ‘The people who killed Di have gotten away with it for 10 years and are still free. It’s dreadful, utterly heartbreaking.’

Leading academic expert on miscarriages of justice Dr Michael Naughton, who founded Empowering the Innocent and has chosen a select number of cases to work on, explained that the CCRC was set up to investigate possible miscarriages of justice which failed on appeal.

He said: ‘The public deserve to know: should we have sympathy for this poor fella in prison when he’s innocent – as is claimed in the Robin Garbutt case – or actually know that this evil person murdered somebody and is showing absolutely no remorse?

‘When innocent people are in prison, the guilty are at unlawful liberty and they are committing more crime.’

Dr Naughton said he considers it ‘plausible’ that Garbutt is one of those people in prison for a crime they did not commit.

He said: ‘I think that in this particular case, because of the unknown male’s DNA on the murder weapon, we could establish who actually killed Diana.’


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Solicitor Glyn Maddocks – who has been made an honorary QC for his work on miscarriages of justice – called the blunder ‘shocking’.

He told Metro.co.uk: ‘The way in which the forensic work has been handled and dealt with is disgraceful. It’s absolutely disgraceful and no-one could possibly argue otherwise.

‘It’s just such a shocking case. If it was you or your relative, you’d be absolutely horrified.’


Diane Garbutts mother said she,

“attended everyday of the trial.. after listening to every word said and with great effort to put myself mentally in the jury box with an open mind.. I am beyond confident that Mr Garbutt is in the right place.
I understand why his family and friends would love to see him freed but all I hear is - he’s such a nice man he couldn’t possibly have done such a thing, but nice men sadly do”

https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2020-03-03/village-postmaster-i-didn-t-kill-my-wife/
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