Farmer who shot dead teen intruder ‘visited his grave and felt no remorse’

A farmer who shot dead a teenager trying to burgle his home 20 years ago says he visited his grave but "felt nothing".

Tony Martin, 74, has also revealed he doesn't regret killing 16-year-old Fred Barras and insists he "did nothing wrong".

Martin gunned down Fred, who came from the travelling community, on his remote Norfolk farm on August 20, 1999.

The teenager had broken into Martin's house – named Bleak House – with Brendon Fearon, 29.

When terrified Martin realised he had intruders, he fired into the darkness hitting Fred in his back.


The youngster died at the scene. Fearon, meanwhile, fled with his life.

The case divided the nation – with many saying Martin had the right to defend his home and property.

Martin, who had a history of holding illegal firearms, was convicted of murder, but this was later reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.


While in custody, he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.

He spent three of his five year sentence in prison and was released in 2003.

Recalling his decision to visit Fred's grave, he told the Daily Mail: "I stood for a minute or so, just looked at the headstone.

"There was a picture of him on it — the same one I’d seen in the papers.

"I didn’t feel anything. I just stood there, totally removed from what I was looking at. I did think about how everything is of our own making, though. And that applies to him."


Martin says he did not seek out the grave out of respect, but instead "curiosity".

He has also told of how he has not stepped foot in his home since the ordeal two decades ago as he feels it is 'tainted'.

He said: "Everyone has been in except me. When it all happened, it was tainted. Violated"

Just last year, an urban explorer filmed inside the empty mansion and claimed to have found animal bones hanging from the ceiling.


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