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The Interrogation of Tony Martin review: a chilling portrait of self-righteousness

Martin, who shot dead an intruder in his home in 1999, was a less-than-ideal champion for armed householders everywhere, as this drama showedOn 20 August 1999, 55-year-old Norfolk farmer Tony Martin shot two burglars who had entered his home, wounding one and killing the other, 16-year-old Fred Barras. Three days later, Martin was charged with murder.The case was a perfect lightning rod for a wider debate about self-defence and the right to protect one’s property, or at least it seemed so for a time. Politicians and the media weighed in. The Interrogation of Tony Martin (Channel 4) is an attempt to get at the particular circumstances that made Martin, among other things, a less-than-ideal champion for armed householders everywhere. Continue reading...

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