Tuesday 21 May 2019

Family fury at Molly's bid to drag Jason's children into court battle

‘Beneath contempt’: Molly Martens got 20 to 25 years
‘Beneath contempt’: Molly Martens got 20 to 25 years

Ralph Riegel

The sister of murdered Jason Corbett (39) has slated as "beneath contempt" efforts to drag his two children into the legal maelstrom in the US in a bid to help his killers escape justice.

Tracey Corbett Lynch said she was "disgusted" over attempts by those acting on behalf of Tom and Molly Martens to again smear the reputation and good name of the Limerick father-of-two.

The businessman was drugged and beaten to death as he slept in August 2015. Mr Corbett was killed using a heavy concrete brick and a metal baseball bat.

Father and daughter Tom and Molly Martens claimed they acted in self defence but while Mr Corbett had suffered horrific head injuries, the father and daughter were both found to be totally uninjured at the scene, without a scratch or bruise.

US TV channel CBS broadcast a special episode of its investigative programme '48 Hours' on the shocking killing of the Irish packaging industry executive by his wife and father-in-law in North Carolina four years ago.

The Martens are serving 20 to 25 years in prison after being convicted by unanimous verdict of a North Carolina jury in August 2017 of Mr Corbett's second-degree murder.

Both are now challenging their convictions - and claim they received an unfair trial by not being allowed to introduce retracted statements from Mr Corbett's children, Jack and Sarah.

Molly's uncle Michael Earnest and her brother Connor were interviewed for the programme.

Mr Earnest slated the Davidson County convictions as "an atrocious miscarriage of justice" and "an unfair trial".

The Martens now want the children's statements admitted in a new trial.

However, Jason's family consistently maintained those statements by the traumatised children were effectively coached.

Trial judge David Lee ruled the children's statements as inadmissible.

Ms Lynch said such claims on behalf of the Martens were "beneath contempt".

"Our sole motivation in being interviewed was to counter the scurrilous and unfounded allegations levelled against Jason on behalf of those who will resort to anything in their desperate efforts to evade justice and avoid 20 to 25-year prison sentences for their heinous, atrocious and cruel crime," she said.

"We must put on record our disgust at the attempts by the Martens family to once again smear Jason's reputation.

"Molly Martens did not offer evidence in her own defence at her trial but was perfectly willing to use US television to cast malicious slurs which she did not relate or substantiate from the witness box. She refused to give evidence.

"We are disappointed at the allegations made on behalf of Tom and Molly Martens but, sadly, are not surprised. It is beyond contemptible that Molly Martens wants to compel two children she orphaned into a bruising trial process when she did not offer evidence in her own defence."

Irish Independent

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