Former Melsonby post office back on market after purchase by murder victim’s mother

The former Melsonby village shop and post office is for sale.

A former Richmondshire post office which was the location of a murder before being purchased by the victim’s mother is for sale.

Agnes Gaylor bought the Village Shop and Post Office in Melsonby from relatives of her former son in law, Robin Garbutt, who is serving life in prison for murdering her daughter, Diana Garbutt, in 2010.

Mrs Gaylor, who is thought to have paid around £130,000 for the end-of-terrace building, said in 2014 that she intended to finish off work on the kitchen that was started by her daughter before her death.

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The property has now been put back on the market with a guide price of £325,000.

Mrs Garbutt, 40, was found beaten to death in an upstairs bedroom at the property after her husband dialled 999 and said armed robbers had burst in and attacked his wife.

Police and paramedics initially responded to a report of an armed robbery and detectives appealed for help to catch a man wearing a balcaclava who was brandising a gun.

However they arrested Garbutt on suspicion of murdering his wife three weeks later, and established that he had beaten her with a 30cm iron bar as she slept in the flat above the shop.

Robin Garbutt was convicted of murdering his wife Diana in a bedroom at Melsonby village store and post office.

The property still has the shop space used as the store and post office and is being marketed as having possible commercial uses.

Estate agents Hunters say: “This unique property is available for sale, comprising of a spacious ground floor retail shop with store rooms as well as a first floor residential flat with three good sized bedrooms.

“Located in the popular and sought after village Melsonby, in Richmond, this property has potential to be developed into a four bedroomed residential property or utilised as a commercial & residential property.”

The sale notes add: “A crime has previously taken place at this property. Information upon request.”

For more details on the sale click here.