Farmer set for release

EAST Anglian farmer Tony Martin could be freed from jail within the next few days, more than three years after he shot dead a teenage burglar at his isolated farmhouse.

EAST Anglian farmer Tony Martin could be freed from jail within the next few days, more than three years after he shot dead a teenage burglar at his isolated farmhouse.

Martin's scheduled release date is in July but a decision to free him on parole could be made tomorrow.

Parole Board members will meet to consider Martin's case tomorrow however even if they agree to his release he may not leave prison for a few days.

Martin's solicitor, James Saunders, said he thought that the odds were in favour of him being released.

"There will be a decision tomorrow," said Mr Saunders. "The odds have to be in favour of him being released.''

But friends of 58-year-old Martin, of Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, said the unmarried farmer is not building up his hopes.