Thursday 22 February 2018

The Corbetts will suffer their own life sentence

Murder victim: Limerick man Jason Corbett
Murder victim: Limerick man Jason Corbett


There is a belief that there are some dark tributaries of the human mind from which it is safer not to sip. Over the course of the Molly and Thomas Martens murder trial, we got a sense of what poisonous human hatred can do.

Murder convictions are not something to celebrate, but the Corbett family will have taken some small solace from the fact that the jury in the North Carolina court were not taken in by the web of deception weaved by the father and daughter in the dock.

Crime writers hold that nobody's ever been arrested for a murder; they have only ever been nailed for not planning it properly. It fell to jury foreman Tom Aamland to explain that the key piece of evidence that swayed jurors to convict the pair was the presence of the brick on the nightstand in the bedroom. But if the Martens revealed the worst side of their natures in lurid forensic detail, the Corbett family represented all that is cherished and decent in family and community life.

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