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Inside Tony Martin's crumbling home: Urban explorer finds ANIMAL BONES hanging from the ceiling at killer farmer's abandoned mansion where he gunned down a burglar in 1999

  • Tony Martin, 74, was jailed for life after shooting Fred Barras, 16, at his Norfolk farmhouse in 1999
  • Former mansions and farm outbuildings in Emneth Hungate appear to have been empty for years 
  • YouTuber 'Abandoned World Explorer UK filmed what he believes to be eerie house in June on holiday
  • Shooting sparked huge debate across Britain over what steps people could take to protect their home 

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 05:23 EST, 6 December 2018 | Updated: 09:16 EST, 6 December 2018

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An urban explorer claims to have found animal bones hanging from the ceiling of farmer Tony Martin's abandoned home where he infamously shot dead a burglar.

Martin, 74, gained notoriety two decades ago when he was jailed for life after shooting 16-year-old Fred Barras at his secluded Norfolk farmhouse in 1999.

He was sentenced to life but the conviction was reduced to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility after the public rallied behind him. 

His former mansions and farm outbuildings in Emneth Hungate appear to have remained empty for many years with him now living at a different secret address.

The explorer found a room with animal bones hanging from pieces of string on the ceiling
The explorer found a room with animal bones hanging from pieces of string on the ceiling

The explorer found a room with animal bones hanging from pieces of string on the ceiling

The discovery was made by a YouTube videographer known as Abandoned World Explorer UK
The discovery was made by a YouTube videographer known as Abandoned World Explorer UK

The discovery was made by a YouTube videographer known as Abandoned World Explorer UK

The urban explorer went inside farmer Tony Martin's abandoned home in Emneth Hungate
The urban explorer went inside farmer Tony Martin's abandoned home in Emneth Hungate

The urban explorer went inside farmer Tony Martin's abandoned home in Emneth Hungate

Tony Martin (pictured) killed Fred Barras, 16, in August 1999 after he found him late at night inside his home in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk
Tony Martin (pictured) killed Fred Barras, 16, in August 1999 after he found him late at night inside his home in Emneth Hungate, Norfolk
Fred Barras, 16, was shot by farmer Tony Martin inside the 74-year-old's home in August 1999
Fred Barras, 16, was shot by farmer Tony Martin inside the 74-year-old's home in August 1999

Tony Martin (left) killed Fred Barras (right), 16, in 1999 after he found him inside his home

Martin, who slept with a loaded shotgun under his bed after a string of burglaries, previously said he feared further break-in if he returned to the house.

He was found guilty of murder for killing Barras and wounding accomplice Brendon Fearon, with the jury rejecting his claims of self-defence.

Martin, who lived alone at the time of the infamous burglary, and was freed in 2003 and lives once again in Norfolk - this time with friends.

But now, a YouTube videographer known as Abandoned World Explorer UK has filmed what he believes to be the eerie house in June while on holiday with friends. 

The explorer looked at the house, two decades after the infamous incident involving Martin
The explorer looked at the house, two decades after the infamous incident involving Martin

The explorer looked at the house, two decades after the infamous incident involving Martin

The urban explorer said the scenes were like 'something out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre'
The urban explorer said the scenes were like 'something out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

The urban explorer said the scenes were like 'something out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre'

Equipment left on the grounds of the home which was investigated by the urban explorer
Equipment left on the grounds of the home which was investigated by the urban explorer

Equipment left on the grounds of the home which was investigated by the urban explorer

The explorer said he was also interested in classic MK1 Range Rover in the garage of the home
The explorer said he was also interested in classic MK1 Range Rover in the garage of the home

The explorer said he was also interested in classic MK1 Range Rover in the garage of the home

Walking around the abandoned house, covered in overgrown plants and grass, he stumbled across the bathroom and found piles of unidentified bones lying around.

I don't think I will be going back, I felt so intimidated and scared 
Abandoned World Explorer UK

Continuing upstairs, he found a room which had animal bones hanging from pieces of string on the ceiling with a pile of bones to add to the string lying on the floor.

The explorer, who has had more than 50,000 views, said: 'We spotted the house whilst on holiday and decided to explore it without realising whose house it was.

'The bones around the place made the house seem like it was something out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 

The explorer filmed what he believes to be the house in June while on holiday with friends
The explorer filmed what he believes to be the house in June while on holiday with friends

The explorer filmed what he believes to be the house in June while on holiday with friends

The explorer films 'abandoned places all the time' - and realised 'this one seemed a little odd'
The explorer films 'abandoned places all the time' - and realised 'this one seemed a little odd'

The explorer films 'abandoned places all the time' - and realised 'this one seemed a little odd'

Martin now lives with friends in Norfolk, away from the property visited by the explorer
Martin now lives with friends in Norfolk, away from the property visited by the explorer

Martin now lives with friends in Norfolk, away from the property visited by the explorer

'They were hung up like decorations and looking like a spider web. I don't think I will be going back, I felt so intimidated and scared whist we were there.

'To me the most interesting thing I saw was the classic MK1 Range Rover in the garage and the hanging bones. I film abandoned places all the time and realised this one seemed a little odd.' 

There is no suggestion that Martin was responsible for the animal bones and how they were found. 

Last month, Martin said he has not ventured inside since the shooting as he prefers to live with his friends because he fears he will react violently if burgled again.

Martin (pictured here in April this year) has appealed to overturn his conviction for manslaughter
Martin (pictured here in April this year) has appealed to overturn his conviction for manslaughter

Martin (pictured here in April this year) has appealed to overturn his conviction for manslaughter

The crime scene is pictured at the property in Emneth Hungate following the shooting in 1999
The crime scene is pictured at the property in Emneth Hungate following the shooting in 1999

The crime scene is pictured at the property in Emneth Hungate following the shooting in 1999

An interior view  in 1999 of the house in disarray, which was visited by the jury during the trial
An interior view  in 1999 of the house in disarray, which was visited by the jury during the trial

An interior view in 1999 of the house in disarray, which was visited by the jury during the trial

Two police officers stand outside the farmer's Norfolk home following the shooting in 1999
Two police officers stand outside the farmer's Norfolk home following the shooting in 1999

Two police officers stand outside the farmer's Norfolk home following the shooting in 1999

Martin, portrayed in Channel 4 programme The Interrogation by League of Gentleman star Steve Pemberton (left) last month. It also starred Line of Duty's Daniel Mays, 40, as the policeman who interviewed him (right)
Martin, portrayed in Channel 4 programme The Interrogation by League of Gentleman star Steve Pemberton (left) last month. It also starred Line of Duty's Daniel Mays, 40, as the policeman who interviewed him (right)

Martin, portrayed in Channel 4 programme The Interrogation by League of Gentleman star Steve Pemberton (left) last month. It also starred Line of Duty's Daniel Mays, 40, as the policeman who interviewed him (right)

But Martin also revealed how he found a ladder had been moved from a tree to up against his house and said it was 'evidence' burglars had tried to break in.

He revealed the alleged break-in attempt before a Channel 4 dramatisation of the case called The Interrogation, based on transcripts of police interviews with him.

Martin told the programme, shown last month: 'I don't want to get locked up. If I'm in the house and somebody comes in the house, I'm going to look after myself.'

He first returned to his home in 2003 after being taken there by a newspaper one week after he was freed from prison after serving two-thirds of a five year sentence. 

Tony Martin shooting: 1999 case that sparked huge national debate over protecting your own home

Tony Martin was jailed for life for murder at Norwich Crown Court in April 2000

Tony Martin killed Fred Barras, 16, and wounded accomplice Brendon Fearon, 29, with his unlicensed shotgun after he found them late at night inside his home in August 1999.

He was jailed for life for murder at Norwich Crown Court in April 2000, but later had his sentence reduced to five years for manslaughter. 

He appealed against his conviction, claiming that his account was not properly put forward at his trial. It was also revealed that he had Asperger's Syndrome.

Fearon, who admitted conspiring to burgle Bleak House, accompanied by Fred Barras, was jailed for three years at Norwich Crown Court in 2000 and was released in August the following year. 

Mr Martin's case provoked a national debate about the measures homeowners can take to defend their property.

The farmer, who is known for his eccentric behaviour, was finally released in 2003, but never returned to live in his derelict detached home on his 300 acres of land at Bleak House Farm.

Instead he is thought to have spent the last 12 years sleeping in his car and at the homes of friends.

Mr Martin has often spoken about how householders should have the right to protect themselves. 

The farmer never returned to live in his derelict detached home on his 300 acres of land
The farmer never returned to live in his derelict detached home on his 300 acres of land

The farmer never returned to live in his derelict detached home on his 300 acres of land

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