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Author takes Tony Martin crusade out on tour

Lynn-based author Brian Pead is taking his crusade to overturn the guilty verdict on West Norfolk farmer Tony Martin on tour.

Mr Pead, who has written a book entitled Tony Martin: Target of Police Conspiracy, has already organised meetings in Lynn and Wisbech on the subject. Now he has moved further afield with a public meeting next Saturday organised in Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex.

Mr Pead claims the book contains fresh and compelling new evidence he has uncovered in more than six years of researching the famous Norfolk murder trial.

Tony Martin
Tony Martin

Martin was found guilty of the killing of 16-year-old Fred Barras, while he was in the act of burgling his home Bleak House at Emneth Hungate, back in August 1999.

He had also shot his accomplice, Brendon Fearon, 29.

Martin, a bachelor who lived alone in the house, was said to have fired three times at the burglars in the pitch black of his home, hitting both of them.

Originally Martin was found guilty by majority verdict from a jury of the murder of Fred Barras and sentenced to life imprisonment, with a recommendation that he should serve a minimum of nine years.

But upon appeal the murder verdict was reduced to manslaughter and he was given five years with the 10-year concurrent sentence for the wounding of Mr Fearon reduced to three.

Mr Pead said: “The talk reveals that at the time Tony Martin fired his gun inside his house at an unknown number of intruders in the pitch-black darkness, Fred Barras was sighted 70 miles away in Newark.

“Other compelling evidence shows that there were no tests for blood or blood spatter in the entire house, despite the police claiming that Brendon Fearon and Barras were shot inside the breakfast room in Bleak House. Similarly, no tests for firearms discharge residue were carried out in that room.

“Bizarrely, the getaway driver Darren Bark, 32, who was described by police as ‘a witness to a murder’ was never called to court.”

Mr Pead said that when people have heard his version of that night not a single person in the audience has held up there hand for guilty when a straw poll has been taken at the end.

The 800-page book costs £20 and can be ordered by calling Mr Pead on 07508 242 101 or 07832 483 545.

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