Council ‘shocked and saddened’ by incident

The mayor of Polegate Cllr Tim Voyce (pictured left) helps Amanda O'Riordan estate manager and Cllr Joe O'Riordan (pictured right)  with the teas at the Guardian Court tea party for Marie Curie Cancer Care. July 2nd 2011 E27050M ENGSNL00120110407085703
The mayor of Polegate Cllr Tim Voyce (pictured left) helps Amanda O'Riordan estate manager and Cllr Joe O'Riordan (pictured right) with the teas at the Guardian Court tea party for Marie Curie Cancer Care. July 2nd 2011 E27050M ENGSNL00120110407085703

Polegate Town Council has said it is ‘shocked and saddened’ after one of its councillors was charged with the attempted murder of his wife.

Joe O’Riordan was arrested after police found 47-year-old Amanda O’Riordan with multiple stab wounds at their home in Guardian Court, Brookside Avenue shortly before 10pm on Wednesday, October 22.

The 73-year-old councillor appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court two days later charged with attempted murder and was remanded in custody until Thursday, November 6, when he will appear at Lewes Crown Court.

A statement released earlier this week said, “Polegate Town Council is shocked and saddened by the news that an incident occurred on Wednesday, October 22.

“We understand that Amanda O’Riordan remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Amanda is well known throughout the town, especially among the numerous voluntary organisations to whom she gives her support.

“She has also given freely of her time to the council at several civic occasions.

“Our thoughts are with Amanda, her family and many friends at this time.”

Mr O’Riordan is a councillor for the Polegate North Ward on Polegate Town Council having been re-elected in October 2013 after stepping down as the Polegate Residents’ Association representative.

He is also president of the Polegate branch of the Royal British Legion.

He was secretary of the 1066 Licensed Victuallers’ Association in Hastings and spent 39 years as a licensee before resigning.

The former nightclub owner was also the man behind the first Albany Taxi Run, in which hundreds of black cabs and underprivileged children travel from London to the south coast for charity.

He married Amanda in April 2004 and the couple lived together in Guardian Court, where she was a live-in manager of the retirement development for over-60s.

Sussex Police has said officers investigating the case are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and there is nothing to cause residents concern.