| 1°C Dublin

visitor ban Murderer Molly Martens loses prison visitation rights after latest rules breach

Close

Molly Martens (36), pictured in 2017, and her father Tom Martens (70) have urged the North Carolina Supreme Court to order a full retrial. Photo: The Dispatch Publishing Co.

Molly Martens (36), pictured in 2017, and her father Tom Martens (70) have urged the North Carolina Supreme Court to order a full retrial. Photo: The Dispatch Publishing Co.

Molly Martens (36), pictured in 2017, and her father Tom Martens (70) have urged the North Carolina Supreme Court to order a full retrial. Photo: The Dispatch Publishing Co.

KILLER Molly Martens has been banned from having visitors for 30 days after she broke prison rules in the United States for the fifth time in just three years.

Ms Martens (37) is serving a 20-25 year prison sentence for killing her Irish husband, Jason Corbett (39), in 2015.

The former nanny was cited for disobeying the order of a prison officer in the North Carolina Correction Institute for Women (NCCIW) outside Raleigh.

It has now emerged that Martens was found by a prison officer in a restricted area of the prison.

She was in close contact with another female inmate and disobeyed a direct order from the officer to immediately remove herself from the area involved.

After twice refusing to obey the prison officer's directive, she finally complied when further officers were being directed to the area.

Prison authorities cited her for the breach on November 11 - just four months after she was caught with no-threat contraband in the same prison.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS) confirmed it is Martens's fifth breach of prison rules since she began her sentence in August 2017.

She was convicted, along with her former FBI agent father Tom Martens (69), of beating Mr Corbett to death while he slept at their luxury home in North Carolina on August 2, 2015.

Both received 20-25 year prison terms for the second degree murder of the father-of-two.

The duo are appealing their convictions and the North Carolina Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on their legal challenge next month.

INFRACTIONS

Her previous infractions involved disobeying an order from prison staff and possession of non-threat contraband on February 5, 2018, and unauthorised leave from a specified prison area on November 21, 2017.

Following her first three infractions, Martens was transferred to NCCIW.

She had previously been warned her sentence could be lengthened because of such repeated rules breaches.

After her fifth rule breach, the 37-year-old lost her prison visitation rights for 30 days as well as a few other privileges.

Both Martens and her father were convicted of battering the Limerick-born businessman to death with a metal baseball bat and a brick as he slept in his luxury home in North Carolina in August 2015.

Tom Martens is a retired FBI agent, while his daughter Molly, who married Mr Corbett in 2011, suffered from a lengthy history of mental health problems.

Both insisted they acted entirely in self-defence that night, despite the fact neither had suffered so much as a scratch, cut or bruise at the scene.

In contrast, Mr Corbett's skull was so badly crushed that a pathologist subsequently could not accurately count the number of blows inflicted.

During their trial, the court heard an attempt had been made to drug Mr Corbett, that he was attacked while asleep in bed and that he was beaten even after he was dead.

It was further stated at the trial that the father and daughter then delayed ringing for paramedics in order to ensure Mr Corbett was dead when they arrived.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Online Editors


Privacy