The pain inflicted on our family is unforgivable... Brother of murdered dad Jason tells of kids custody battle hell.
Byline: DAVID MAHER
THE brother of murdered dad Jason Corbett yesterday told how the pain inflicted on his family has been "totally unforgivable".
John Corbett spoke out after the Limerick man's two children Jack and Sarah were placed in the guardianship of their aunt and uncle.
Jason was found dead on August 3 in his North Carolina home in the US after he was allegedly beaten with a baseball bat.
The 39-year-old's family have been involved in a custody battle with his second wife, and the children's stepmum, Molly Martens, 31, who is a person of interest in the probe into Jason's murder.
John said: "The pain the Martens family have inflicted on my dear mum and dad and our whole family is totally unforgivable.
"They could have prevented this by handing the children over to their rightful family.
"They also obstructed bringing my brother back to Ireland for two days. It's inhumane how they've handled themselves during this tragic drama."
Jack, 10, and eight-year-old Sarah, whose mother Mags Corbett died in 2006 following an asthma attack, were placed in the guardianship of Jason's sister Tracey and her husband David Lynch on Tuesday.
Speaking on RTE Radio 1, John told of the family's relief and added they can't wait to have the kids returned to Ireland.
He said: "With the help of God we'll have Jack and Sarah home to where they belong by this weekend.
"They'll need so much nurturing and care for the next few years, they must be so traumatised."
A court hearing to formally allow Jack and Sarah to be returned to Ireland is to be held in the US today.
Jason, who moved to North Carolina four years ago with his children from his first marriage, was found dead following what police have described as a domestic incident.
His American wife Ms Martens and her father Thomas, a retired FBI agent, have been questioned about his death but no arrests have been made.
John added: "Maybe if we're allowed by the Martens family we can now mourn the brutal loss of my beloved brother Jason and we can begin to try and heal.
"I live in hope. I do believe genuine justice will be done."
On Tuesday night 600 people gathered outside City Hall in Limerick for a candlelight vigil organised by social media campaign Bring Jack And Sarah Home.
Jason's remains were repatriated last week but the family said his funeral won't take place until his children are home.
"I live in hope. I do believe genuine justice will be done JOHN CORBETT YESTERDAY