Friday 15 December 2017

'What they did to Jason was despicable' - mother of Jason Corbett's first wife says he was a great dad and a family man

Jason was a family man who stayed close with his in-laws after his first wife died tragically

Jason Corbett and his first wife Margaret Fitzpatrick Corbett, who died in 2006
Jason Corbett and his first wife Margaret Fitzpatrick Corbett, who died in 2006

Claire Fox

The mother of Jason Corbett's first wife has said killers are inhuman after they killed him in his US home, leaving her grandchildren with no parents.

Marion Fitzpatrick, mother of Jason's first wife, Mags who died of an asthma attack in 2006 and grandmother to his two children, told Newstalk Breakfast that she views the father and daughter as inhuman.

"I don't think anything of them. They are not human beings. What they did to Jason was despicable, you wouldn't do it to an animal. They left them kids with no father," she said.

She also said the statement read by his 12-year-old son was heartbreaking for her to hear.

In a powerful letter read out in court his young son said Molly Martens would always be remembered as a murderer.

"She (Molly) has put this burden on this family, and it will not be done until she is put away," he wrote, adding - as many in the courtroom cried - "She will always be remembered as a murderer".

For his grandmother in Ireland it was difficult to hear his words but she said she hopes now that the family can begin moving forward.

"It's heartbreaking. I mean he lost his mam when he was very young and now his dad is gone. It's devastating and upsetting but he's with a good family and he is thriving and they are very happy. The Corbett family can grieve for him and the kids can get on with their lives," she said.

Marion said that Thomas Martens' claim during the trial that Jason Corbett had been the cause of Mags' death and that Jason and her deceased husband did not get on, was "unbelievable".

"It was unbelievable like. I had lost my husband in October and for some man to get up there and say those things. We were grieving ourselves but it made it worse to have to listen to this man talk about a man who he only met briefly," she said.

"My husband was a gentleman and him and Jason were the best of friends and they liked to go for their pint. We loved Jason. He was a good husband and a good a father."

She added that the initial news that Jason was re-marrying was "hard at first" and that she met Ms Martens several times but said that "she wasn't like Irish mammies."

"It was hard at first but I knew he just wanted to have a family. I met her several times. She was fine, she was alright. She was a bit strict. She wasn't like Irish mammies. She was strict. They seemed to be doing fine. They had a beautiful home out there. I felt a bit better knowing that that the kids weren't missing Ireland," she explained.

Jason and Mags met in their early 20s and got married before having their son Jack in 2004 and daughter Sarah in 2006. Marion said that the pair were "soulmates" and made the most of the time they had together. Even when Mags passed away they kept a good relationship with Jason and their grandchildren.

"Jason was a gentle guy. He was so thoughtful. He even paid for us to go over to America to see them. He came one Christmas and surprised us. We didn't even know he was coming and he knocked at the door and there he was. He was a real family man," she said.

"It's very hard when you lose your children, you don't think that it's going to happen, you think they are going to bury you. Jason and Mags were soulmates. They were so happy. They'd a good life and when they had the kids it completed them."

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