Ok people I dont make this stuff up....but I got to admit even if I wanted to the real news is so strange that my feble imaganation could never compare to it. Burglar wins legal aid to sue Tony Martin By David Sapsted (Filed: 06/07/2002) A career criminal seriously wounded by Tony Martin during the burglary in which his teenage accomplice was shot dead has been granted legal aid to sue the jailed farmer. Brendan Fearon, 32, was initially refused legal aid for his damages claim against Martin, who was convicted of murdering 16-year-old Fred Barras as he and Fearon tried to burgle Martin's Norfolk farmhouse three years ago. His conviction was reduced to manslaughter. However, the Legal Services Commission, which oversees legal aid, confirmed yesterday that Fearon, of Newark, Notts, had now been awarded Â£5,000 to prepare his civil action against the 57-year-old farmer. Henry Bellingham, Tory MP for North West Norfolk, Martin's constituency, said: "It just gets more and more absurd. People are going to be appalled. It's another example of how the justice system is being turned upside down." Norman Brennan, a police officer and director of the Victims of Crime Trust, said: "It is not right that Fearon should get legal aid as he was involved in a criminal act. If he wants some money he should get a job. "It shows the complete contempt that the legal system has for victims of crime." Fearon, who has more than 30 convictions for burglary, violence and other offences, received wounds to his legs and back during the shooting at Martin's dilapidated farmhouse. He was jailed for his part in the burglary. Martin, who is expected to be released in October, said he had been acting in self-defence but the jury accepted evidence that he had been lying in wait. Malcolm Starr, of the Tony Martin Support Group, broke the news about Fearon's legal aid to the farmer in a phone call to Highpoint Prison last night. He said Martin was "astounded". Mr Starr, 50, added: "He will now have to try to apply for legal aid to defend himself." A spokesman for the Legal Services Commission said the appeal against the original decision not to grant legal aid was heard by an area committee of solicitors and barristers. "Their decision to allow legal aid was binding on us," said the spokesman. A Â£5,000 limit means the case cannot go to trial, unless his lawyers can justify additional funding.