Wednesday 26 April 2017

US woman accused of murdering Irish husband hits out at online abuse

Upset: Molly Martens Corbett
Upset: Molly Martens Corbett

Sarah Slater

Molly Martens Corbett, an American woman charged with the murder of her Irish husband, has complained about internet trolls posting on her Facebook page.

Ms Martens Corbett (33) and her father Tom (66), a retired FBI agent, were charged with one count each of second-degree murder of Irish man Jason Corbett (39), who was killed on August 2, 2015.

The pair were also charged with voluntary manslaughter by Davidson County District Attorney's Office, in North Carolina.

The father and daughter, who formally lodged not guilty pleas, face trial on July 17 this year.

Ms Martens lashed out at someone who posted a comment she did not agree with, after she posted a message telling friends she loved her husband's children, Sarah (10) and Jack (12).

They have been living with their dad's sister Tracey Lynch in Co Limerick, after she became their legal guardian.

The children's biological mother, Mags, died in 2006.

"Every step I take, every sunrise I see, every song I hear - because you are my heart. All my love, all the time, to you," Ms Martens Corbett posted.

However, a person unknown to Ms Martens Corbett responded to the post. "You took their dad's life from them? I'm not stalking you, (you) took his life at the end of the day, you left them fatherless and this story is national news I'm not taking sides just pointing out a fact."

"I know. I assume, according to you I should have died instead," Ms Martens Corbett responded.

"Although, like the thousands of other people who so strongly hate me, and have founded judgments on false and inaccurate allegations, you actually know nothing about me, my children, our lives, my marriage, or the events that transpired in my bedroom."

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Mr Corbett was bludgeoned to death with a paving stone and baseball bat. His son and daughter were in the house at the time of their father's death.

Court papers of the defence case show that Ms Martens Corbett's father told police he struck his son-in-law because he was choking his daughter.

The court papers also suggest the marriage was in trouble. Mr Corbett wanted to return to Ireland with his two children, but his wife, who had become attached to the children, wanted them to remain, as she wanted to formally adopt them.

Ms Martens Corbett moved to Limerick from the US, firstly as the children's nanny, and subsequently married Mr Corbett.

Irish Independent

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