Shotgun farmer moves to safe house

08 September 1999

Shotgun farmer moves to safe house

TONY Martin, the Norfolk farmer accused of murdering a sixteen-year-old trying to rob his farm, has been taken to a safe house by police after being freed on bail.

Mr Martin is accused of murdering Fred Barras, a market trader from Newark, Nottinghamshire, on 20 August.

He is also accused of causing grievous bodily harm to Brendon Fearon, 29, also of Newark.

An earlier bail application was switched at the last minute from Kings Lynn to Norwich Magistrates Court.

Police had feared the farmers supporters could clash with friends of the dead youth.

Judge David Mellor yesterday freed Martin on conditional bail at a 30-minute hearing behind closed doors at Norwich Crown Court.

Mr Martin will appear before magistrates again on 2 November.

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