Tony Martin's Burglar gets Paid by the BBC

People might remember the Tony Martin story in Britain, where a man who had been robbed many times finally shot to death one of the burglars and wounded another when they had broken into his home. The BBC has now agreed to pay the burglar who was wounded to appear in a BBC movie about the burglary. Fortunately, the BBC decision is getting some negative attention

A documentary about Tony Martin, who was jailed for shooting dead a burglar, will be shown on the BBC despite controversy over payment to a criminal.
Brendan Fearon, who was wounded in the shooting after breaking into Martin's Norfolk home, was paid £4,500 by the BBC to appear in The Tony Martin Story.

News of the payment sparked outrage, and prompted the BBC to reconsider . . .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fearon should still be in jail, and if they only tried him for burglary, they missed a bet...he brought, persuaded, or permitted a juvenile to accompany him on a felony criminal enterprise ...in which said juvenile died, a forseeable possible outcome. Should Fearon not be considered at least accessory to the manslaughter of his partner in crime? Is it not a crime to endager a minor, or contribute to the delinquency as well? Another crime was convicting Tony Martin for defending himself.

3/24/2006 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those are only crimes in the US, idiot.

3/26/2006 10:13 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

You won't get any argument from me on whether these things should be crimes, and if they are, that Fearon would have been in trouble. Whether they are crimes in Britain, the second post might be correct.

3/27/2006 11:06 AM  

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