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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Jason Corbett will finally be laid to rest with his soulmate Mags

Jason Corbett and his first wife Mags
Jason Corbett and his first wife Mags
Jason Corbett

The widow of an Irish man who was murdered in America wants to stay in touch with her stepchildren after they returned to Ireland following a bitter custody battle.

Jack (10) and Sarah (8) Corbett were left orphaned on August 2 when their father Jason, who was originally from Limerick, died of head injuries in North Carolina.

Officers believe he died after being struck with a baseball bat.

Police named his second wife Molly Martens and her father Thomas, a former FBI agent, as "persons of interest" in the case.

Speaking yesterday, David Freedman, a lawyer for Ms Martens, described her as "distraught" and said her whole world had revolved around the children for the past eight years.

"I think it would be very important for Molly to stay in touch with those children. She wants to stay in touch with those children," he said.

However, the lawyer said he believed it would be at the discretion of the Corbett family.

Mr Freedman also told RTE's This Week radio show that Ms Martens had spoken to a lawyer about a year or so ago about "general problems in the marriage", but she never sought any legal activity.

He also said that there had been "issues along the way", which was why she had gone to see a lawyer.

Mr Freedman declined to comment further on this.

"I believe those things will be the source of the investigation, and I cannot talk about them," he added.

In relation to the legal enquiries that she had made, he said that it involved whether the relationship between the two of them should continue or not.

Battle

Mr Corbett's sister Tracey and her husband David Lynch returned to Ireland on Saturday with Mr Corbett's son and daughter after a three-week battle to win custody of the children.

The loving dad will be laid to rest on Wednesday alongside his "soulmate", the children's mother Mags Fitzpatrick, who died from an asthma attack in 2006.

His body will lay in repose at Cross's funeral home in Limerick from 5.30pm Tuesday evening, with the removal at 7pm to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Janesboro.

A piper is to play at Mr Corbett's graveside on Wednesday, before two white birds are released into the sky while he is to be laid to rest.

"It's to signify that Jason and Mags are finally together, as they always wanted to be," said John Corbett, a brother of the deceased.

The funeral mass takes place on Wednesday at midday, with burial afterwards in Castlemungret Cemetery, Co Limerick.

Mr Corbett's body has remained at Cross's Funeral Home since last Thursday week, when his remains were repatriated back to Limerick. His body was flown home by the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

"I don't think he ever grieved, or got over losing Mags, because she was the love of his life," Mr Corbett's sister-in-law Catherine Fitzpatrick said.

Ms Martens, who became the children's nanny in 2007, and their stepmother in 2011, has appealed the custody ruling.

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