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Tony Martin's MP ambitions dashed
Tony Martin
Martin claims to be a "non-voting Conservative"
Convicted killer Tony Martin has said he would consider standing as an MP in a bid to change the law which saw him jailed for killing a burglar.

The Norfolk farmer served three years of a five-year term for shooting dead intruder Fred Barras, 16, at Bleak House, his remote farmhouse in 1999.

But House of Commons rules prevent people sentenced to more than one year's imprisonment from standing.

Martin, 59, told the Daily Mirror he supported a "return to law and order."

A second burglar Brendan Fearon, 33, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, was seriously injured in the incident.

Voice

"Everywhere I go people tell me how they are living in fear," he said.

"But none of the political parties seem to be prepared to do anything about it," he told the Mirror.

"I have only begun to think about standing for Parliament recently - but I will only stand if I believe I can make a difference," he added.

"I want to give people a voice and get something done," he said.

Outcry

There was a huge public outcry when Martin was found guilty of murder at Norfolk Crown Court and jailed for life for the killing at his Emneth Hungate home.

The charge and sentence were later reduced on appeal to five years' imprisonment for manslaughter.

He was only freed six months ago.

Martin's defence that he had only been protecting his property struck a chord with many people.

Brendon Fearon
Brendan Fearon was seriously injured in the shooting

Listeners to BBC Radio 4's Today programme voted for a so-called "Martin's Law" which would allow homeowners to use whatever force necessary to defend their property from intruders.

But others felt he had been wrong to take the law into his own hands and that he deserved to be jailed.

Martin has described himself as a non-voting Tory.

However, he made a speech to the UK Independence Party conference in October last year where he received a standing ovation.




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