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Thursday 17 October 2019

Talented teen Jack in musical tribute to his murdered dad Jason

Dad Jason and Molly Martens
Dad Jason and Molly Martens

The teenage son of murdered Limerick businessman Jason Corbett has recorded a musical tribute to his dad.

Jack Corbett (14), a talented singer, musician and rugby player, played his version of Dani and Lizzy's Dancing In The Sky as a Christmas tribute to his father and in remembrance of his late mum, Margaret 'Mags' Fitzpatrick.

"This is dedicated to my mam and dad, Mags and Jason Corbett, and to anybody out there who has lost a parent," he said in a moving dedication on YouTube.

Jack regularly composes and performs music. His sister, Sarah, is an equestrian sports competitor.

Jack was only two when his mother died from an asthma attack in 2006 and 10 when his father was murdered in North Carolina in August 2015.

Jack Corbett posted his tribute version of Dancing In The Sky on YouTube.
Jack Corbett posted his tribute version of Dancing In The Sky on YouTube.

Jason was bludgeoned to death by his second wife, Molly Martens, and his father-in-law, Tom Martens, as he slept in bed at home at Panther Creek Court.

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Both are now serving 20 to 25-year sentences after being convicted of second-degree murder by a Davidson County jury in August last year.

The pair are appealing against their convictions.

Jack submitted a moving victim impact statement to the North Carolina trial on behalf of Jason's family.

The murdered man's relatives insist that packaging industry executive Jason was attacked because he had been planning to move back to Ireland with Jack and Sarah as he was concerned about the bizarre behaviour of his wife.

Molly Martens, who is from Tennessee, has a history of mental health problems and had demanded that her husband sign adoption papers so she would have equal rights to the two children by his first wife.

Her father, a retired FBI agent, had also been pressing Jason to sign the adoption papers.

Jason and Molly had met in 2008 when she came to Ireland to work, looking after his two children in the aftermath of Mags' death.

She became obsessed with the children and went to a divorce lawyer to determine her rights to them within weeks of marrying Jason in the States in June 2011.

Jason moved to work in the US after Molly had insisted she was homesick in Ireland and wanted better opportunities for Jack and Sarah in America.

Following a bitter custody battle in August 2015, a US court granted custody and guardianship of the two children to Tracey and David Lynch, Jason's Limerick-based sister and brother-in-law.

The couple then waged a courageous battle for justice for Jason.

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