Molly sent bill for removal of Jason's body to his parents
Corbett family to shield children from woman who killed their father
Molly Martens-Corbett had the bill for the ambulance that removed the body of Limerick man Jason Corbett from their North Carolina home sent to the Corbett family, his former sister-in-law has claimed.
Martens-Corbett (33) and her father Thomas Martens (67) were both found guilty of second-degree murder on Wednesday and sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Catherine Fitzpatrick - the sister of Jason's first wife Mags, who tragically died from an asthma attack in 2006 - spoke about how difficult Martens-Corbett made life since his death in 2015.
"She made everything difficult from the start. She didn't just murder him, she caused a lot of hurt.
"After his death, she even sent the bill for Jason's ambulance from the night he died to his parents.
"I just want to close the door, I don't want to hear about the Martens any more," she told RTÉ's Sean O'Rourke.
The Corbett family left the US yesterday to return to Ireland as they vowed to shield Mr Corbett's two young children from Martens-Corbett.
The family, led by Jason's sister Tracey and her husband David Lynch, endured a gruelling four-week North Carolina murder trial.
Both are now en route back to Ireland where Jason's two children, Jack (12) and Sarah (10), are in the care of the extended Corbett family.
"We all just want to get home," Mrs Lynch said. "It has been difficult, very difficult. But we came here to see justice done for Jason. We believe we have."
Mrs Lynch said that her entire family was grateful for the work of the Davidson County District Attorney's Office, led by Garry Frank, and the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, led by David S Grice.
"It is a relief to have it all over with. I don't think any of us will forget this experience."
However, the extended Corbett family said they now believe it is vital to ensure the two children are shielded from the attentions of Martens-Corbett - and that the Martens family have absolutely no contact with the children.
It has emerged that Martens-Corbett, who has not seen the two children since August 2015, persisted over the past two years in posting social media tributes and memories to the youngsters.
The Tennessee woman used her Facebook page to post photos on each of the children's birthdays in 2016 and 2017 - and regularly included details about how they could privately contact her.
She also posted various material about love, memory and the strength to endure difficult situations.
Incredibly, she had adoption papers sent in respect of the children to Mr Corbett's grieving parents in the days immediately after his death.
She also tried to arrange for an aircraft to circle the children's Irish school with a banner displaying details of how they could contact her.
It also emerged that, in the early years of her relationship with Mr Corbett, she insisted on the two children calling her 'Mom'. She would get upset if they failed to do so.
The Corbett family privately admitted they now want to recover from the gruelling trial process before even thinking about the appeals that the father and daughter have promised to trigger.
"That's for another day, not for now," one family member said.
However, the entire family paid a moving tribute to the kindness and compassion of ordinary people across North Carolina.
Several locals had arrived at the court with 'Justice For Jason' T-shirts after being moved by details of the murder trial.
Mrs Lynch said the family put their trust in the jury of nine women and three men - and were deeply grateful for how the jury diligently pursued truth and justice.
"We trusted the jury to understand that on August 2, 2015, my niece and nephew were made orphans in a brutal and merciless killing," she said.
"My parents lost their child and we all lost the most wonderful brother and friend.
"Jason was unarmed, he was struck while he was lying down in the middle of the night, two people battered him until he was dead. Then, they battered him again."
The weapons used were a Louisville Slugger metal baseball bat and heavy garden paving brick.
Martens-Corbett and her farther claimed they acted in self-defence after being attacked by Mr Corbett.
However, both were uninjured at the scene.
Jason's mother, Rita, said the actions of the Martens family after her son's killing were akin to trying to erase the Corbett family from the youngsters' lives.
"It seemed she [Molly] wished to wipe our existence out, along with Jason's from Jack and Sarah's lives," she said.
Mrs Lynch acknowledged having to listen to and even look at the graphic details of her brother's death in the murder trial was extremely difficult for everyone.
"When we sat there and listened to the evidence, we found it to be so unbelievable. Who keeps a brick on their nightstand?
"I can promise the jury that we will now fulfil our duty to help create a good future for Jason's two children, whom he loved so dearly.
"You can be sure that Jason Corbett's family will make sure he is remembered for what he was and not for how he died."