UPDATE: Councillor remanded in custody as it’s revealed wife was stabbed six times

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

A Polegate councillor charged with the attempted murder of his wife has appeared in court this morning (Friday, October 24).

Joe O’Riordan spoke only to confirm his name and address when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today.

The 73-year-old Polegate Town Councillor is accused of trying to kill his wife Amanda O’Riordan, who remains in intensive care after being stabbed six times, including in the lungs.

Police were called to the address in Guardian Court, Brookside Avenue shortly before 10pm on Wednesday, October 22, where they arrested Mr O’Riordan. He was later charged with attempted murder.

He did not enter a plea when he appeared in court and has been remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on November 6.

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 won 230 votes, beating his nearest rival, Ukip’s Charles Goodwin, by 224 votes.

He is also president of the Polegate branch of the Royal British Legion and in May 2013, was invited to the garden party at Buckingham Palace as chairman of the Polegate Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Committee.

Police said they are treating this as a domestic incident and have reassured residents they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and that there was nothing to cause them concern.