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Jailed farmer set to return home
Tony Martin
Tony Martin believes he is needed at his farm
Jailed farmer Tony Martin is set to return to the remote farmhouse in Norfolk where he killed teenage burglar when he is released.

Martin, who is serving five years in Suffolk's Highpoint Prison for the manslaughter of 16-year-old Fred Barras from Newark, Nottinghamshire, had intended to go abroad.

But on Thursday friends of Martin, 54, said he had now decided he is needed back at his run-down farmhouse in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk.

There are fears for his safety; as death threats were issued against him following his conviction for shooting the burglar as he fled.

His legal team is launching a fresh bid for an early release at the High Court on Monday by seeking leave for a judicial review.

Murder conviction over-turned

He is currently due to be released on parole in July - a crucial time in the farming diary - after serving half of a five year prison sentence for the manslaughter of Mr Barras.

An original murder conviction was over-turned on appeal.

Friend and supporter Malcolm Starr said: "He's more determined than ever to get back on to his farm.

"At this time of year there will be a lot to do - he needs to prune his old apple trees that haven't been touched for three years and there is a lot of maintenance work around the farm to be done."

Mr Starr said Martin was not worried about his personal safety but that there are measures in place to protect him.

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