THE SISTER and brother-in-law of Irish murder victim Jason Corbett have thanked people for their support during the trial of his killers.
Tracey Lynch and her husband David release a statement online after an interview with Jason’s killers – his wife Molly Martens Corbett (33) and her father Thomas (67) aired on television in the US.
Last week the pair were found guilty of second degree murder of Limerick native Mr Corbett at a court in Lexington, North Carolina.
Family members of the two killers have started an online fundraising campaign in the wake of their convictions to cover their legal costs and also to fight a “wrongful death suit”.
Ms Lynch and her husband, who were awarded custody of Mr Corbett’s young children Jack and Sarah after his death, said Jason had been “vindicated” in the wake of the verdict.
“It does not matter what the Martens said or say, at this point,” they said. “We all know what happened. That Jason was beaten around his head when in bed. That they continued to beat him after he died.
“Jason’s children, Jack and Sarah, had to be sheltered by police from seeing what the Martens had done to their father.
“It does not matter what the Martens say now. They are convicted killers and liars. When we heard the verdicts, our first thoughts went to Jack and Sarah.
"Their daddy was now vindicated. We rang them to tell them the news.”
Their statement continued: “Our first priority after the trial and sentencing was to get home to them as quickly as possible. We were never as anxious to get on a flight as we were on Thursday last. We wanted to talk to Jack and Sarah and our own children and just hug them and hold them tight.
The couple went on to thank those who had fundraised to help them take legal action to have Jason’s children returned to Ireland.
“We are grateful to the people of Limerick for the fundraising they did to help us get Jack and Sarah home and to help us clear Jason’s reputation,” they said.
“We thank them for the thousands of acts of kindness to us, to our parents and other family members. We are grateful for the masses, the cards, the prayers and everything else they did for us.
“It really means so much that your own people are backing you during a horrible time.”