Sunday 19 January 2020

Murdered Jason's girl pens poem to 'awesome, loving dad'

Murdered dad Jason Corbett
Murdered dad Jason Corbett

The daughter of murdered Irishman Jason Corbett wrote a heartfelt poem for him on Father's Day, in which she thanked him for "my wonderful life".

Sarah Corbett (12) recalled how her father's eyes were "always brimming with pride" and how he stood by her side "after every rough time".

Mr Corbett was murdered by his American wife, Molly Martens (35), and her father, Tom Martens (68), at his North Carolina home in August 2015.

The two were convicted of second-degree murder and were sentenced to 20 to 25 years in prison. They have both since appealed these convictions.

Sarah wrote the poem, which was shared via the Jason's Journey Facebook page, in remembrance of her father to mark Father's Day on Sunday.

Dedicating the poem to her late father, she wrote: "To me another name for Dad is love.

"Not long enough to hold his hand, this awesome human being and loving Dad.

"Not long enough or old enough to stand by his side, as he was by mine after every rough time."


She wrote about laughing with him after "every bad joke, after every cinema trip".

Sarah thanked her father for everything he did for her in his life and teaching her to be the person she is today.

She ended the poem with: "Not long enough to thank you for my wonderful life."

Mr Corbett, from Limerick, moved to the US in 2011 after meeting Molly Martens in Ireland after the death of his first wife.

Martens and her father were convicted of beating him to death in his sleep using an aluminium baseball bat and a paving stone.

His family believes the murder was triggered by Mr Corbett's refusal to allow Martens to adopt his children from his first marriage over concerns about her mental health.

Alterations were also made to Mr Corbett's life insurance, making Martens the sole beneficiary in the case of his death.

According to a book published by Mr Corbett's sister, Tracey Corbett-Lynch, he had planned to return to Ireland with his children, after he grew concerned about his wife's behaviour.

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