Bleak House shooting victim in court

A man shot by Norfolk farmer Tony Martin appeared in court today accused of stealing metal from a scrap merchant.Brendon Fearon and his brother Neil are alleged to have taken the scrap from Hoval Ltd on Trent Lane, Newark, Notts, last December.

A man shot by Norfolk farmer Tony Martin appeared in court today accused of stealing metal from a scrap merchant.

Brendon Fearon and his brother Neil are alleged to have taken the scrap from Hoval Ltd on Trent Lane, Newark, Notts, last December.

Both men denied a charge of theft at Nottingham Crown Court and the hearing was adjourned for trial by Judge Jonathan Teare.

Brendon Fearon, 36, of Albion Street, Newark and Neil Fearon, 40, of Vixen Close, Newark, were released on bail.

Fearon was shot and injured at Mr Martin's isolated Norfolk home in 1999 during an attempted burglary. His 16-year-old accomplice Fred Barras died in the shooting.

Mr Martin claimed he was defending himself when he fired an illegally-held pump action shogun at intruders in his remote farmhouse at Emneth Hungate, near Wisbech.

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He was originally found guilty of murder and sentenced to life for killing Barras, but the conviction was reduced to manslaughter and the sentenced cut to five years on appeal.