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Burglar to revive case against farmer
The crime scene - Martin's farm
Fearon claims being shot at Martin's farm has affected his sex life

The burglar shot and injured by Tony Martin must wait to make a fresh court bid to sue the jailed farmer for damages.

Brendon Fearon, 33, who was shot in the leg during a break-in at Martin's isolated home in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, in August 1999, hopes to sue for a reported 15,000.

He claims that his injuries, including the leg wound, have affected his ability to enjoy sex and martial arts and that he has suffered post-traumatic stress.

At a five-minute hearing at Nottingham County Court on Wednesday, Fearon's solicitor John Wakefield asked District Judge Christopher Peale for an adjournment to prepare the case.

Mr Wakefield said: "There is insufficient time allocated today to the matter.

Brendan Fearon
Brendan Fearon was shot in the leg by farmer Tony Martin

"We are seeking an adjournment and estimate that one to two hours will be needed for the hearing."

District Judge Peale told the court that Martin's solicitors, who were not present, have agreed to the request and adjourned the case to a date to be fixed.

Fearon, who did not attend the hearing, was jailed for his part in the raid on Martin's home.

He has more than 30 criminal convictions.

He has been given legal aid to begin a claim for damages as a result of being shot, but at a hearing at Nottingham County Court last month a judge threw out the application.

Fearon was told that he had failed to provide sufficient evidence to support his claims that he has been unable to work because of his injuries.

His solicitors are expected to ask for the original decision to strike out the claim to be overturned, and will make the application when the parties return to court.

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