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Jason Corbett's family have even been the subject of online death threats from US-based individuals.

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Jason Corbett

Jason Corbett

Molly Martens with Jason, who was beaten to
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Molly Martens with Jason, who was beaten to death

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Jason Corbett

The family of a murdered Irish businessman have been subjected to a vile campaign of online abuse in the run-up to an appeal by his killers.

Jason Corbett's family have even been the subject of online death threats from US-based individuals.

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Molly Martens was convicted of the second-degree murder of Limerick-born businessman Jason Corbett

Molly Martens was convicted of the second-degree murder of Limerick-born businessman Jason Corbett

Tom Martens

Tom Martens

Molly and Thomas Martens

Molly and Thomas Martens

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Molly Martens was convicted of the second-degree murder of Limerick-born businessman Jason Corbett

The horrific abuse came in the days before father and daughter, Tom (70) and Molly (37) Martens, will have an oral appeal hearing dealt with today before the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Both are now urging the NC Supreme Court to uphold a ruling by the NC Court of Appeals, which last year overturned their convictions for the second-degree murder of Limerick businessman and father-of-two, Jason Corbett (39).

If the convictions are overturned, both will face full retrials in North Carolina.

Mr Corbett was brutally beaten to death with a concrete brick and a metal baseball bat as he slept by his American wife and his father-in-law in August 2015.

An attempt had been made to drug him, he was beaten even after he was dead and a call to emergency services was delayed to ensure he was deceased when they arrived.

His Limerick family, led by his sisters Tracey and Marilyn, and brother, Wayne, were instrumental in a high-profile campaign to have his killers brought to justice.

Tom Martens, a former FBI agent, and his daughter, Molly, who has a long history of mental health problems, were unanimously convicted of Mr Corbett's second degree murder in 2017 and sentenced to 20-25 years in prison.

It has now emerged that in the days before the NC Supreme Court hearing, members of the Corbett family have been targeted for disturbing online threats.

In one post, a family member was warned they should be "executed" because of their justice campaign.

Horrified members of Mr Corbett's family were also told their loved one "got exactly what he deserved”.

The posts have been brought to the attention of the US authorities.

Tracey Corbett-Lynch admitted they were all shocked by the vile nature of the posts.

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Tracey Lynch, sister of Jason Corbett, who was murdered by Tom and Molly Martens in North Carolina. Photo: Mark Condren

Tracey Lynch, sister of Jason Corbett, who was murdered by Tom and Molly Martens in North Carolina. Photo: Mark Condren

Tracey Lynch, sister of Jason Corbett, who was murdered by Tom and Molly Martens in North Carolina. Photo: Mark Condren

"It is hard to believe that anyone could post sick material like this online," she said.

"But it is only the latest in a line of threats we have received over the years.

"It is like tossing a bomb into another person’s mind trying to weaponise their anxiety, hurt and loss.

"It is a form of psychological violence."

However, the brave family warned they will not be deterred in their campaign to see that justice is done for Jason.

Oral submissions will be made to the NC Supreme Court today by both the Martens defence teams and the North Carolina Attorney-General's Department.

Tracey said her family retained full faith in the US legal system.

"We saw justice done for Jason in August 2017 in North Carolina when Molly and Tom Martens were unanimously convicted of his second degree murder by a jury of 12 ordinary men and women.

"Jason died a most cruel and violent death at the hands of two people he trusted. We will never stop campaigning to ensure that justice is done for him.”


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