Monday 11 December 2017

'It's been a nightmare, we'll never move on,' say Jason's parents - who are 'praying for justice'

John and Rita Corbett (inset Jason)
John and Rita Corbett (inset Jason)
Jason’s parents John and Rita and daughter-in-law Pauline Corbett at a mass for Jason in Limerick

David Raleigh

The parents of Limerick native Jason Corbett are "praying for justice" for their son. Mr Corbett (39) died from catastrophic head injuries on August 2, 2015, after he was struck a number of times with a metal baseball bat and a stone garden paving slab.

His wife, Molly Martens-Corbett, and her father, retired FBI agent Thomas Martens, are both on trial in Lexington, North Carolina, charged with second-degree murder.

Last night, Mr Corbett's heartbroken parents John and Rita attended a special Mass in Limerick, commemorating the second anniversary of their son's death. Speaking outside St John's Cathedral, Mr Corbett's 76-year old mother said: "It's been a nightmare. No one could understand this, unless they've lost their own children.

"It's heartbreaking. It's hard to pick yourself up again, I can tell you."

Mrs Corbett said she and her husband were hoping for guilty verdicts in the trial.

"Definitely, we are hoping for justice, that's it," she added.

She said she hoped her family could "grieve in comfort" once the trial ended.

"We'll never move on, to be honest, never, never."

The grandmother described as "too horrible" her son's killing, as well as the gruesome details surrounding his death, which were heard during evidence at the trial in Lexington.

Standing at his wife's side, Mr Corbett (81) said he was feeling "very down".

He said they were "hoping" their children and loved ones, who were attending proceedings in the US, would "get back home (soon)…that's the whole thing, get the lads back home, out of it".

Irish Independent

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