Tony Martin: Crime and controversy

Farmer Tony Martin became a focus of huge national debate after shooting dead a teenager who was burgling his home.

The incident ignited a furore in Britain over issues such as rural crime and the rights to defend property.

Many vigorously supported the then 54-year-old, but others dismissed him as a violent eccentric who chose to act as a vigilante.

The case continues to attract controversy, with the ongoing attempts of Brendon Fearon, an accomplice of the teenage burglar, to sue Martin for injuries sustained during the incident.

The episode began in August 1999 when 16-year-old Fred Barras, and 33-year-old Fearon, broke into Martin’s remote, semi-derelict farmhouse in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk.

Police outside Bleak House
Martin’s farm was extremely remote and had been burgled many times

Martin, who was in the house at the time, opened fire with an illegally-held pump-action shotgun.

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