Thursday 29 September 2016

'Star Wars' fundraiser for slain Jason Corbett's family

David Raleigh

Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30

Attending the special showing of Star Wars The Force Awakens in Limerick were cousins Sarah Corbett, Caitlyn Dillon, Jai McNamara, Ben O’Callaghan, Jack Corbett, Glen Dillon and Adam Lynch. Photo Press 22
Attending the special showing of Star Wars The Force Awakens in Limerick were cousins Sarah Corbett, Caitlyn Dillon, Jai McNamara, Ben O’Callaghan, Jack Corbett, Glen Dillon and Adam Lynch. Photo Press 22
Father: Jason Corbett

A 'Star Wars' fundraiser was held last night to help the orphaned children and family of slain Limerick man Jason Corbett.

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Jedi knights battled Stormtroopers at the Odeon, Limerick, at a special VIP screening of new 'Star Wars' movie, 'The Force Awakens'.

Jason Corbett (36) was found dead in his home in North Carolina in the US last August after he sustained serious head injuries.

His wife Molly Martens and her father Thomas, a former FBI investigator, have been questioned by police over the death, but they have not been officially named as suspects.

Following his death, Mr Corbett's children - Jack (11) and Sarah (10) - whose mother Mags died from cancer, were placed in the care of his sister Treacy Lynch, following a prolonged custody battle with Ms Martens, the children's stepmother.

Limerick duo Jason Nash and Mike Buckley, who help raise funds for Mid-West charities, came up with the idea of a 'Star Wars' fundraiser. All monies raised will go towards the 'Jason's Journey' charity set up by Mr Corbett's family, after they were hit with legal bills of over €130,000 from the custody battle in the US.

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