Monday 23 October 2017

Prison mugshots of Molly and Thomas Martens as they begin life behind bars

Police photos also show the crude weapons used to kill the Limerick father

Molly and Thomas Martens will serve 20-year sentences for the murder of Jason Corbett
Molly and Thomas Martens will serve 20-year sentences for the murder of Jason Corbett
Molly Martens after the murder of Jason Corbett
Scene inside the home where Jason Corbett was murdered. Picture: RTE
The baseball bat and brick used to murder Jason Corbett. Picture: RTE
Scene inside the home where Jason Corbett was murdered. Picture: RTE
Evidence in the murder trial of Jason Corbett
Evidence in the murder trial of Jason Corbett
Molly Martens shows off injuries she claimed she suffered at the hands of Jason Corbett
Thomas Martens after the murder of Jason Corbett
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Police have released fresh mugshots of Molly and Thomas Martens as they begin their 20-year-sentences for the brutal murder of Jason Corbett.

Crime photos have also been released.

The images taken by police after they were called to the family home in August 2015, show the "injuries" that Martens Corbett claimed she suffered in an attack by her husband.

Police told the trial that they repeatedly asked Martens Corbett (33) to stop rubbing her neck after they attended the scene.

The jury saw through her lies, however, and this week found her, and her father, guilty of second degree murder.

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Molly Martens shows off injuries she claimed she suffered at the hands of Jason Corbett

The pair have been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Also pictured are the crude weapons used to beat father-of-two Jason (39) to death at the family home in Panther Creek, North Carolina.

A 28-inch Louisville Slugger baseball bat and a stone garden paving brick were used to inflict horror injuries in the attack. The blows were so violent and caused such damage to his skull that pathologist Dr Craig Nelson could only estimate that Mr Corbett suffered at least 12 times.

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Evidence in the murder trial of Jason Corbett
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Evidence in the murder trial of Jason Corbett

Mr Martens and his daughter argued self-defence. The former FBI agent (67) claimed that he interrupted a dispute between his daughter and his son-in-law early that morning in which Mr Corbett was allegedly trying to strangle the woman. Mr Martens said he struck Mr Corbett with a baseball bat to defend both himself and his daughter.

Photos of the bloodstained scene inside the bedroom where Mr Corbett was murdered have also been released to RTE.

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The baseball bat and brick used to murder Jason Corbett. Picture: RTE

The photos have been released by police in North Carolina after yesterday's guilty verdict.

Earlier Jason's twin brother Wayne and Catherine Fitzpatrick - the sister of Jason's first wife Mags, who tragically died from an asthma attack in 2006 - spoke candidly about his death.

Speaking on Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One, Wayne said: "The trial was extremely difficult for all of us and obviously the pictures that nobody else will see - pictures of his bedroom, the house, Jason himself and his autopsy, stuff that'll never get out of our heads, it's something that's still with me.

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Thomas Martens after the murder of Jason Corbett

"It's hard to comprehend that they didn't just kill him, they slaughtered him, there were blows to his head after he died, that was proven to the State Pathologist.

"You'd never expect that to happen to anyone, let alone my twin brother, you would never expect a wife and father-in-law to do that to anyone in any circumstances whatsoever."

Catherine said that Molly made things difficult for the Corbett and Fitzpatrick families after his death, while she continued to try and get custody of the late couple's children Sarah and Jack.

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Molly Martens will spend a minimum of 20 years in prison

She said: "She made everything difficult from the start, she didn't just murder them she caused a lot of hurt.

"After his death she even sent the bill for Jason's ambulance from the night he died to his parents."

Wayne added: "I remember when my sister Tracy, her husband David and a few friends went to North Carolina after Jason's death and Molly had his body moved to different funeral homes a few times.

"She wouldn't tell them where he was at first."

A powerful letter written by Jack was read out after the Martens' sentencing, he said of his stepmother: "She (Molly) has put this burden on this family, and it will not be done until she is put away," adding - as many in the courtroom cried - "She will always be remembered as a murderer".

He said her actions had deprived himself and his sister of "a kind, loving and adoring father" and left the children orphaned.

Catherine said that the children are "very mature" and are being well cared for by their family in Limerick.

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Thomas Martens will spend 20 years behind bars

She said: "Even though he's only coming up to 13 he's had to grow up very quickly and he's a very mature little guy, maybe he had to write that letter for himself...

"We keep Mags and Jason alive, they love to look at photos, hear silly stories and we're very open about talking about them, it helps them.

"I only lost my own father in October and I'm 38 and I find it very difficult, I don't know what it's like for them to have their father so brutally taken from them.

"They're fortunate that families for both sides."

She said that she is relieved to try and move forward and try to put the legal battle behind them.

Catherine said: "I just want to close the door, I don't want to hear about the Martens any more.

"I want to help Jack and Sarah to get on with their lives as best they can without their parents."

Wayne went on to say: "I don't even want to think about her anymore, her or her family.

"The most important people in this are Jack and Sarah, they will be loved and cared for here in Limerick."

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