Friday 19 January 2018

Molly Martens is 'relentless' - sister of slain dad Jason Corbett

Jason Corbett and his American wife Molly Martens
Jason Corbett and his American wife Molly Martens
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

The sister of Jason Corbett, who was killed in the US earlier this year, has described his second wife's actions since they received custody of the children as 'relentless'.

Tracey Lynch and her husband David were locked in a custody battle with Mr Corbett's second wife over his two children Jack (11) and Sarah (9).

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, she said that the family's grief has been further compounded by the actions of Molly Martens Corbett, who along with her father Thomas Martens, is considered a 'person of interest' in the ongoing murder case.

And she said she is still responding to various court actions instigated by Molly Martens.

"It is relentless," she said.

Mr Corbett (39) was killed in his home in North Carolina in August after suffering fatal head injuries.

Read more: Corbett family upset at claim Jason planned to stay in US

His first wife Mags, the mother of his two children, died after suffering an asthma attack in 2006.

Now, Ms Lynch said that both children are back in Limerick and doing well.

"It's a really positive environment in our house. It's happy most of the time, but we still miss Jason terribly, so obviously that shadow is always there," she told the newspaper.

"Jack and Sarah have the bonds formed [with us] from when they were babies and all through their lives.

"It's really just picking up where they left off when they moved over to America," she added.

"They are settled well in school. They've a huge network of friends and they are just so resilient.

Read more: Molly Martens Corbett family describe 'heart-wrenching' final moments with children

"They're very courageous and it's awesome to see how well they do, and it gives you some strength as well to cope with the different challenges we're facing."

Mr Corbett had moved to the US with the children in 2011 where he married Molly Martens Corbett.


Since the custody battle with the Lynches, she has been regularly posting messages and photographs of the children on Facebook and she is continuing with legal action to have the children returned to the US.

However, a file into Mr Corbett's death has been passed to the District Attorney in North Carolina who can now decide if charges will be brought against Ms Martens Corbett or her father.

The family hope for a quick decision and want to see progress before Christmas. Ms Lynch said that it has been a difficult time.

"I don't think I can put into words the impact that something like this can have on your life," she said.

"You certainly find a strength that you never thought you would have to help you cope," she added.

"We all had extremely close relationships with Jason. The loss has just been so difficult for us."

Irish Independent

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