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'Come back again and I'll sort you my way' KILLER FARMER TONY MARTIN IN THREAT TO BARN BURGLAR.

Byline: LOUIE SMITH louie.smith@mirror.co.uk

FARMER Tony Martin said yesterday his time in jail for killing a burglar stopped him having a go at another raider.

The 69-year-old, who says he has mental health issues, revealed how this week he threatened the thief instead, telling him: "Come back again and I'll sort you my way."

Mr Martin spent three years in prison for the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Fred Barras at his remote farm in 1999.

And the tragic events came back to haunt him on Thursday when he revealed that a burglar, in his 20s, had tried to steal a PS90 battery and a sink. The crook drove off with his van doors open, he said. Mr Martin added that he could have jumped in but stopped himself "for fear of being criminalised again".

He added: "I could easily have fought him for what he'd stolen, but then it flashed through my mind that it would be me in trouble, not him.

"I'm convinced he'll be back. He'll wish he wasn't. I'm non-violent, but if I need to take action and end up in jail again, so be it."

Mr Martin was convicted of murder after killing Barras and seriously injuring another at his 14-acre farm in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk.

He had claimed self-defence. His conviction was downgraded to manslaughter after he was diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder.

Mr Martin now lives in Wisbech, Cambs, four miles from Bleak House, where the killing happened.

He said he confronted the intruder at 1pm on Thursday. Mr Martin said he contacted police after taking down part of a number plate. The sink fell into a hedge as the van drove off and was examined for fingerprints.

The battery smashed after the thief dropped it when confronted.

Mr Martin said: "It's 13 years since the last incident, I don't think we're any safer."

Police confirmed: "We were called to reports of an attempted burglary." Mr Martin is understood to have walked into a police station yesterday worried about his health.

Fred Barras A friend said: "This latest incident at his farm has clearly left him in a bad way and I worry for his safety."

Police confirm they drove a man to hospital for a health check.

Mr Martin added later: "I am not a well man. I have lived a very odd life since I had this problem 13 years ago.

"It seems to me prison is the best place for me without me having done anything criminal.

"I always seemed to resolve problems, but now I am asking for help."

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