Tony Martin will make his first public appearance since release from prison at the Oxford Union. Union authorities hope Martin’s appearance will encourage informed debate on the right to defend property, although the speech will be made without opposition.. Tony Martin was convicted of shooting a burglar on his own land, which he claims was in self-defence. With several speeches lined up, the Union appearance will kick-start a bid to place Martin and his case at the forefront of a campaign on the issues of rural crime and the use of lethal force to defend property. Union President Markus Walker said that “the Union is a forum rather than platform…If members are to be repelled, let them be repelled,” he added.ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003