Wednesday 28 September 2016

Martens back to court in dispute over Jason Corbett’s possessions

Published 27/01/2016 | 02:30

Jason Corbett on his wedding day with Molly Martens
Jason Corbett on his wedding day with Molly Martens

The wife of slain Irishman Jason Corbett is to be summoned before a US court to explain what she has done with some of his belongings.

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The move comes after a court in North Carolina issued a temporary restraining order, blocking murder accused Molly Martens (32) from taking any more items from the home that the couple shared together. She has also been banned from selling any of Mr Corbett’s personal belongings.

The order was granted after the executor of Mr Corbett’s estate, his brother-in-law David Lynch, received information that belongings were removed from the property last Thursday.

A court hearing on the issue was scheduled for today, but has been put back until next week.

It is the latest development in the bitter row which has raged between Mr Corbett’s family and Ms Martens over property and custody issues since his death last August.

Ms Martens and her father, former FBI agent Thomas Martens (65), have both been charged with murdering the Limerick man at his home in the town of Wallburg.

Under North Carolina law, Ms Martens will lose any rights to her husband’s belongings if she is deemed to be a “slayer”.

According to court documents, the alleged removal of his belongings violated an earlier ‘consent order’ issued in September.

That order directed Ms Martens not to remove any tangible personal property owned by her husband from the house.

Children

As well as issuing a restraining order, the Davidson County Superior Court also ordered that Ms Martens appear before it to be examined on the issue.

Ms Martens has previously lost a bid to adopt her husband’s two children, who were born to his late first wife Mags.

They are now living with Mr Lynch and his wife Tracey in Ireland.

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