Polegate town councillor to appear in court on charge of attempted murder

Joe and Amanda O'Riordan
Joe and Amanda O'Riordan

A Polegate town councillor who was charged with the attempted murder of his wife will appear in court later this week.

Joseph O’Riordan will have a plea and case management hearing at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, January 16 where he is due to make a plea to the charges against him.

Mr O’Riordan was arrested at his home in Guardian Court, Brookside Avenue shortly before 10pm on Wednesday, October 22 after police found his wife of ten years, Amanda O’Riordan, with six stab wounds, including one in the lungs. The 47-year-old was rushed to hospital, where she spent weeks in intensive care.

The 73-year-old councillor has been kept in custody since appearing at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday, October 24, where he spoke only to confirm his name and address.

After Mr O’Riordan enters a plea to the charge of attempted murder in court next Friday, it will be decided whether the case will be sent to trial and if so, what witnesses will be called to give evidence.

Mr O’Riordan was a councillor for the Polegate North Ward on Polegate Town Council and was also president of the Polegate branch of the Royal British Legion.

Polegate Town Council released a statement in the wake of his arrest expressing its shock and sadness at news of the incident and offering support to Amanda, who is a live-in manager of Guardian Court and a keen volunteer.