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.
- The Times 08/09/99 page 7
- The Independent 08/09/99 page 4
- The Guardian 08/09/99 page 7
- The Daily Telegraph 08/09/99 page 3
- Murder-charge farmer freed on bail, FWi, (07 September, 1999)