Tony Martin welcomes increased power to protect home

Tony Martin Tony Martin said he would brandish a chainsaw to warn intruders at his home

Related Stories

A man who killed a 16-year-old intruder at his home has welcomed government plans to give extra legal protection to householders who attack burglars.

Tony Martin, who was jailed in 2000 for shooting Fred Barras at his Norfolk farmhouse, said people should not "live in fear in their home".

He said he would be willing to brandish a chainsaw to defend himself.

"I'd let it run and I'd show it to him," he said. "If he decided he was going to have me, I'd let him have it."

Mr Martin was released from prison in 2003 after his murder conviction was reduced to manslaughter. He also injured 29-year-old Brendan Fearon in the same incident.

At the Conservative Party conference, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said "grossly disproportionate" force would still be against the law in England and Wales, but the bar would be higher than the current "proportionate" force test.

Mr Martin said: "We're supposed to live in a democratic society - maybe what's going on today is they're trying to put a bit of decency back into democracy."

More on This Story

Related Stories

From other news sites

BBC Norfolk

Weather

Norwich

23 °C 16 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.