Martens settles Jason Corbett wrongful death case

first_imgPrint KILLER Tom Martens has settled a wrongful death action taken against him and will pay Jason Corbett’s children, Jack and Sarah, €160,000.The civil action taken by Mr Corbett’s estate after his brutal murder had been listed before the US courts but was settled this week without the admission of liability.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fellow killer, Molly, was not included in the wrongful death action and it is also understood that she will not benefit from the €530,000 insurance policy payout to the Limerick man’s estate, nor can she initiate any claim.A €17,500 trust fund payment to Jack and Sarah Corbett will also be made from an insurance company acting for Tom Martens and his wife Sharon.Limerick man and father of two Jason Corbett (39) was savagely beaten in his bed by father and daughter Tom and Molly Martens at his North Carolina home in August 2015.The pair were tried and convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to between 20 and 25 years in prison.This week, Jason’s sister and guardian to his two orphaned children, Tracey Corbett Lynch, told the Irish Independent that “we are relieved as a family to close this difficult chapter and try to move forward with our lives and focus on our children.The settlement comes after a four year battle with the Martens’ in both US civil and criminal courts.However, Molly, Jason’s second wife and her father have appealed their convictions and a US appeal court has heard the case and is considering its decision.Ms Corbett Lynch said that she hopes to travel to the US to retrieve Jason’s belongings but added that “what we want now is to continue to focus on ensuring those responsible for Jason’s murder remain in prison.” WhatsApp TAGSCourtCrimeJason CorbettNews Linkedin Facebook Brother of slain Jason Corbett writes to US President expressing “dismay” at DA’s plea bargain offer to killers Family of Jason Corbett “devastated” after receiving “bombshell” news his killers will get bail after being offered “manslaughter” plea deal Jason Corbett killers, Molly and Tom Martens may be freed on bail tomorrow as they consider manslaughter plea bargain deal Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow center_img Previous articleCarbery and Mathewson extend their Munster dealsNext articleLimerick man charged with nightclub murder of father of one appears in court Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Twitter NewsCrime & CourtMartens settles Jason Corbett wrongful death caseBy Staff Reporter – March 26, 2019 3430 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Botham Jean’s mother delivers emotional victim impact statement before sentencing of Amber Guyger: ‘My life has not been the same’

first_imgABC News(DALLAS) — The mother of Botham Jean, the man shot and killed after former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger mistook his apartment for her own, delivered an emotional victim impact statement to the jury that convicted Guyger as her sentencing phase began.Allison Jean, a resident of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, was in New York when she and her daughter were informed of her son’s death just hours after he was shot on Sept. 6, 2018, she said in a Dallas courtroom on Tuesday.“My life has not been the same,” she said. “It’s just been like a roller coaster.”The grieving mother described her son as a man who was devoted to faith and his family, including his parents, older sister and younger brother, both of whom he was 10 years apart.“I always refer to him as the glue of my three kids,” Allison Jean said, referring to his ability to bridge the 20-year gap between his two siblings.Botham Jean was always a talented student, his mother said. In St. Lucia, he was admitted to the top high school on the island, where he became president of the school house, a leader for several clubs and convinced one of his teachers to start a choir due to his love for singing.After high school, Botham Jean decided to study accounting at Harding University, a private Christian college in Searcy, Arkansas, his mother said. There, he did a lot of missionary-type work and was involved in preaching and singing and was dedicated to helping vulnerable members of the community, such as the elderly and disadvantaged children, his mother said.He even started a yearly trip for him and his fellow students to St. Lucia, where they would participate in outreach programs for delinquent boys and orphans, Allison Jean said.During his senior year in college, Botham Jean was hired by multinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers after what was supposed to be a six-week internship was extended to six months, his mother said.He was killed days before his 27th birthday, Allison Jean said. He would have turned 28 this past Sunday.Allison Jean said she and her family’s lives have been turned upside down since her middle child was killed. She has had difficulty working, sleeping and eating and has been worried about her youngest son, who “doesn’t speak much” anymore.“And I have to keep the family together, because everybody’s in pain,” she said.The last time she and her husband saw Botham Jean was in February 2018, when he traveled to New York in an attempt to surprise his parents, Allison Jean said. The last time she spoke to him was the day before he was killed.Since his death, the family has started a foundation in his name, which launched this past weekend at a gala in Dallas, Allison Jean said. They hope to help the type of vulnerable people that Botham Jean was so keen on connecting with as well as other victims like themselves, she said.Hours before Allison Jean gave her statement, a 12-member jury convicted Guyger of murder.Botham Jean’s family burst into tears after the verdict was read.Guyger’s sentencing will continue on Wednesday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more