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Sunday 16 December 2018

Killer Molly prevented forensic tests with €5k industrial house clean

Molly Martens following her arrest.
Molly Martens following her arrest.

Molly Martens spent $5,500 (€4,670) on an industrial clean of her blood-soaked home just hours after being released from custody following the bludgeoning to death of her Irish husband.

The cleaning of her luxury Panther Creek Court home in North Carolina, which she ordered within hours of her release from custody, effectively prevented further forensic tests by US police.

Realisation

However, the critical tests and recordings already conducted at the property on August 2, 2015, proved central to the conviction last year of Martens (34) and her father, retired FBI agent Tom Martens (67), for the second-degree murder of her husband Jason Corbett.

Both are now serving sentences of between 20 and 25 years.

The revelations come in a new book written by Mr Corbett's sister, Tracey Corbett-Lynch, which details for the first time the shocking lengths Martens was prepared to go to so she could obtain custody of her husband's two children by his first wife.

My Brother Jason is published by Gill Books and all proceeds from it will go to Mr Corbett's children by his first wife, Margaret 'Mags' Fitzpatrick (30), who died of a tragic asthma attack in 2006.

Mr Corbett met Tennessee-born Martens when she travelled to Ireland to work as a nanny for the children of the Limerick widower.

The late Jason Corbett.
The late Jason Corbett.

He was unaware that she had been released from a psychiatric clinic in Georgia just weeks earlier in 2008.

Martens revealed her psychiatric history to Mr Corbett only weeks before their planned wedding in June 2011.

The book says that Martens went to a divorce lawyer in the US just weeks after she married Mr Corbett, and wanted custody rights to the children, Jack and Sarah.

Within weeks of the family setting up home in North Carolina, following relocation from Mr Corbett's native Limerick, Martens was telling neighbours that Sarah was her biological daughter.

Neighbours later admitted shock at the realisation Martens was not the girl's natural mother - having listened to her lengthy description of how difficult her labour had been.

She also claimed that she was a good friend of Mr Corbett's late first wife, despite the fact they had never met or been in correspondence.

Martens told some people Mags had asked her to look after her children if anything happened to her.

Ms Corbett-Lynch revealed that her brother was battered to death with a metal baseball bat and a heavy concrete brick in his sleep just hours before he planned to fly his children back to Ireland.

He had also been drugged with a sedative prescribed to his wife just days earlier.

Tracey Corbett-Lynch whose brother Jason Corbett was murdered by Tom and Molly Martens.
Tracey Corbett-Lynch whose brother Jason Corbett was murdered by Tom and Molly Martens.

Martens suffered from a long history of mental health problems and the strain on their marriage had been increasing in the months before Mr Corbett's murder, as her behaviour became increasingly bizarre.

Ms Corbett-Lynch said she believed her brother's killing was premeditated because he was planning to take his children to the safety of Ireland and away from Martens's influence.

Memorial

When the Limerick woman flew to North Carolina to fight for custody of Jack and Sarah after their father's murder in August 2015, the entire Irish family was initially prevented from having access to Mr Corbett's body.

Martens even arranged a special memorial service for him in North Carolina - and hired off-duty police officers from outside the county to ensure no members of Mr Corbett's Irish family were able to gain admittance.

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