'He never raised his voice, never raised his hand' - Sister-in-law of Jason Corbett rejects claims he was violent towards Molly Martens
The sister of Jason Corbett's first wife has vehemently rejected claims that he ever used violence against his second wife, Molly Martens.
The Limerick woman described the deceased father-of-two as a "gentle giant" who never raised his voice towards her sister.
Jason's second wife Molly Martens (31), and her father Thomas Martens (65), were last week charged with second degree murder and manslaughter, however their family claim that the pair were acting in self defence when Jason was killed with a baseball bat and a paving stone in the early hours of August 2, 2015.
Ms Fitzpatrick told the Irish Daily Mail that she spent time living with her sister and Mr Corbett and helped to take care of the children - Jack (11) and Sarah (9) - following Mags Corbett's untimely death.
Catherine said that she enjoyed a very close relationship with Mags and would have known if Jason was ever violent towards her.
"He never raised his voice, never raised his hand.
"Never, ever," she said.
She described Jason as a doting husband and father who gave his family the best life possible.
"Any suggestion otherwise is deeply damaging to his memory and that of my sister," she said.
Molly Martens and Jason Corbett met in the US after he employed her as an au pair to care for his children.
The couple married in 2011 but Jason would not consent to her adopting his two children.
On the night of August 2 2015 Thomas Martens and his wife Sharon Martens were staying at the Corbett family home in North Carolina.
The documents state that police were told in interviews with the accused parties that Jason was choking his wife Molly in their bedroom in the early hours of the morning.
Thomas Martens was allegedly woken by the commotion and proceeded to strike his son-in-law on the head with a baseball bat.
The former FBI agent told investigating police that it was an uncontrolled fight, but police notes reveal that neither Thomas Martens nor Molly Martens suffered any injuries.
Jason died of catastrophic injuries to his head, shoulder, torso, legs and arms.