Wednesday 28 September 2016

Jason was never a violent man, says sister-in-law

Published 11/01/2016 | 02:30

Jason Corbett and his second wife Molly Martens Photo: Brendan Gleeson
Jason Corbett and his second wife Molly Martens Photo: Brendan Gleeson

The first sister-in-law of slain Limerick man Jason Corbett has jumped to his defence and said she knows he was not a violent person.

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It comes after his second wife Molly Martens and her father Thomas Martens claimed that they were acting in self-defence on the night he was killed.

However, Catherine Fitzpatrick, whose sister Mags was married to Mr Corbett before she died of an asthma attack in 2006, maintains he would not have been a perpetrator of domestic abuse.

She said she does not believe self-defence was a factor in Mr Corbett's death.

"I don't believe that he put his hands on her (Molly). He wasn't that type of guy. He wouldn't raise his voice at anyone," she said.

"The evidence shows that there were no marks on her and no marks on Thomas either. I cannot believe that they were saying it."

Ms Fitzpatrick said she lived with Mr Corbett for more than a year and helped him care for the couple's children Jack (11) and Sarah (9) after his first wife died.

"I would have known if he was violent. Mags would have told me too because we were very close so there is no way that he was like that," she said.

"After my sister passed away I stayed there for another six months.

"Mags and Jason moved in with me when they were building their house. Then I moved in with them in March 2006 while I was getting ready to buy my own house.

"I lived with him for more than a year so I knew what Jason was like. He was a gentle giant."

Mr Martens told officers responding to a 911 call that Mr Corbett was strangling his daughter before he intervened.

However, both have now been charged with second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

"I listened to the 911 call and I am sorry that I did because they sound so cold in it," said Ms Fitzpatrick.

"His parents especially, they need to grieve but will not be able to grieve until some kind of justice is served," she added.

Irish Independent

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