In May 1975, Martin was thrown out by Jim after an argument but later allowed back home. Jim felt he was being patronised by his son about how to do farming as Martin was a child. In early 1976, Martin dated Rosemary Kendall. When she started rebuffing him, he held her captive at Emmerdale Farm, demanding answers until Mel Openshaw came in. Martin pretended nothing was wrong and left. Him and Rosemary broke up.
By 1977, Martin was beginning to be physically abused by his father, who not long later committed suicide.