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Conor MacNeill as Martyn Smith in The Sixth Commandment in an article about what happened to Martyn Smith

Martyn Smith was on trial alongside Ben Field, but what happened to him?

He admitted he felt guilty about leaving the bottle of whiskey at Peter’s home


The final episode of The Sixth Commandment sees Ben Field and Martyn Smith on trial for the murder of Peter Farquhar and conspiracy to commit murder. While Field attempts to talk his way out of it, Smith is often crying and genuinely seems afraid. But what happened to him in the end?

Played by Conor MacNeill, Martyn Smith goes on to be cleared of all charges and is currently a free man. Here’s everything we know.

Conor MacNeill as Martyn Smith in The Sixth Commandment in an article about what happened to Martyn Smith

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What did Martyn Smith do?

Martyn Smith was Ben Field’s friend and fellow student at the University of Buckingham. In the series, viewers see the two become friends after Smith fails at wowing the crowd doing magician tricks.

Field convinces Peter Farquhar to let Smith move into his home as a lodger and he later moves into the home of Ann Moore-Martin and Liz Zettl. While Field is left Peter Farquhar’s estate, Smith also receives £10,000 from Peter’s will.

Smith said he believed Field and Peter Farquhar’s relationship was genuine and said it was “unusual but perfectly consensual”, adding: “I didn’t really think much about it.”

Following Peter Farquhar’s death Ben Field moves onto his next victim, Ann Moore-Martin. Smith goes along with Field’s plan and delivers 10 letters to Ann Moore-Martin, while Field was on holiday, which was all part of the plot to get her to change her will.

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What happened to Martyn Smith?

Martyn Smith was charged alongside Field for the murder of Peter Farquhar and conspiracy to murder Ann Moore-Martin, as well as counts of fraud and one count of burglary. Smith was later found not guilty of all charges.

During the trial, jurors heard the motive of Field’s crimes was “financial gain” and Smith was “enthralled” by Field and became “greedy”.

Smith later told the court he went to counselling for “maybe a couple of weeks” after Peter Farquhar’s death. “I felt I needed to talk to somebody,” he said.

During the trial, Smith was asked about a bottle of whiskey he had left at Peter Farquhar’s home, which he claimed he left there as it did not fit in his rucksack. When asked if he felt guilty about leaving it there and whether he blamed himself, he said he did.

The Sixth Commandment is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

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