Friday 22 September 2017

Hundreds attend vigil for children in US custody battle after murder

The vigil in Limerick city last night
The vigil in Limerick city last night
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Hundreds of people gathered in Limerick city centre last night to hold a candle-lit vigil for two children at the centre of a custody dispute in the US.

Jack (10) and Sarah (8) Corbett were put into the care of their step-mother after their father Jason Corbett (39) was killed earlier this month.

However, their step-mother Molly Martens Corbett is a suspect in the murder, along with her father Thomas Martens.

Their mother Mags Corbett died in 2006 of an asthma attack. Her sister Catherine Fitzpatrick said that she spoke to Molly Martens Corbett shortly after Jason was killed but she hung up.

"Molly's mother eventually called me and I got to speak to the kids for about two minutes," she said. "They sounded like they didn't know what to say to me. I got very upset on the phone so it was a very quick phone call. The phone was taken off them by her (Molly's mother)."

Mr Corbett's sister Tracey Lynch is in the US trying to gain custody of the children.

Mr Corbett's brother John said a custody decision is not expected until Thursday and he is hopeful of a successful outcome.

Irish Independent

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