24 November 2000
Martin asked where 80,000 went
By FWi staff
FARMER Tony Martin, serving life for murdering a teenage burglar, was urged by the Court of Appeal to reveal what happened to 80,000 taken from his bank a week before his trial.
The question of funds is crucial to his appeal, reports The Times.
His new legal team want sot see documents relating to the conduct of his defence lawyer.
He is objecting to their disclosure unless Martin puts up 37,000 to cover a disputed bill.
One ground of appeal alleges that solicitor Nick Makin failed to prepare the case properly and advice the defendant properly.
Mr Makins firm M and S Solicitors of Leicestershire, denies the allegation.
Martin was jailed in April for the murder of 16-year-old burglar Fred Barras and wounding a second burglar Brendan Fearon, 30.
- Tony Martin wins right to appeal, FWi, 28 July, 2000
- Norfolk farmer gets life for murder, FWi, 19 April, 2000
- The Times 24/11/2000 page 6