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Kelly's widow to sell family home
David Kelly's home in Southmoor, Oxfordshire
Dr Kelly's house is on the market for at least 750,000
The family home of the late weapons inspector David Kelly has been put up for sale.

The house in the village of Southmoor, Oxfordshire, was the backdrop of media attention following Dr Kelly's apparent suicide in the summer.

The five-bedroom home, built in about 1730, has been put on the market with a price tag of at least 750,000.

Dr Kelly's body was found at the Oxfordshire beauty spot of Harrowdown Hill, only miles from his home.

Smaller home sought

While estate agent Oliver James declined to make any comment on the sale, the company's website gives extensive details of the 18th Century property.

It describes the family home as "a most handsome and charming detached country house set in its own extensive grounds in this popular and conveniently situated village".

Dr David Kelly
Dr Kelly's body was found at an Oxfordshire beauty spot
The property boasts "splendid fireplaces", flagstone floors, beamed ceilings and has 1.7 acres of garden including a railed paddock.

Dr Kelly's widow Jan is understood to be looking for a new, smaller home in Southmoor.

Dr Kelly was found dead just days after he had given evidence to the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

Privacy

The former UN weapons inspector apparently committed suicide shortly after being named as the suspected source for Andrew Gilligan's BBC report claiming the government "sexed up" a dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Beside him were painkillers and initial examinations concluded that he died from lacerations to his left wrist.

Dr Kelly's family had lived in the house for some 30 years and were well-known and liked in the community.

Mrs Kelly and her daughters have made little comment since his death to the media and have maintained their privacy.

Lord Hutton is expected in January to complete and deliver his report into the circumstances of Dr Kelly's death.




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