Support for murder-charge farmer

25 August 1999

Support for murder-charge farmer

SUPPORT is growing for Tony Martin, the Norfolk farmer charged with murder after a 16-year-old youth was shot dead on his property.

Friends and supporters turned up in numbers at a Kings Lynn magistrates court yesterday (Tuesday), when Mr Martin was remanded in custody.

The supporters expressed outrage at what had happened to Mr Martin and vowed to help him.

The switchboard at Kings Lynn police station was jammed by callers expressing their anger on Monday night when Mr Martin was charged.

In todays Daily Telegraph, a large section of the letters column is given over to the case, with all writers expressing their support.

Mr Martin has been charged with the murder of Fred Barras, 16, and causing grievous bodily harm to Brendon Fearon, 29, both of Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Mr Fearon and the body of Mr Barras were discovered by police near Mr Martins farmhouse, Bleak House, near the village of Emneth, Norfolk, last weekend.

Mr Fearon, who was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, was suffering from leg injuries.

A third man, who was arrested on suspicion of burglary early on Saturday morning, has been released on police bail.

Mr Martin was yesterday bailed to appear before magistrates again on 1 September.

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