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Tuesday, 14 April 2015


A councillor stabbed his wife eight times with a seven-inch kitchen knife after discovering she was having an affair, a court heard today. Joseph O’Riordan, 73, who sits on Polegate Town Council, East Sussex, knifed wife Amanda, 46, in the chest, torso, arms and back in a jealous rage. The couple had been together for 10 years when it was revealed Amanda had been having a relationship with a man named Nicholas Gunn. Jealous O’Riordan became suspicious of Amanda and started used a GPS tracking device to monitor her car journeys and hired a private investigator to follow her. Dale Sullivan, prosecuting, said: “In the evening of that night, Joseph O’Riordan went from his bedroom to the kitchen and selected a knife before returning to the bedroom to stab his wife multiple times. “The issue in this case is a narrow one, but it is simply this - on October 22 [2014] did Joseph intend to kill Amanda?” Brighton Magistrates’ Court - where the start of the crown court trial was held today due to a lack of room in Hove Crown Court - heard the couple had been at Amanda’s mum’s house to help with the shopping when O’Riordan received a phone call, believed to be from Mr Gunn. Giving evidence in a pre-recorded interview, Amanda said: “After the phone call he came back into the room and I could see a shift in his mood. See Also: Jealous husband 'superglued' wife's private parts after accusing her of cheating “We left my mother’s to get some food at KFC, and in the car Joe said to me, ‘you can probably tell there is something wrong’. “He then told me he had hired a private investigator and told me I had lied to him about previous phone calls I had received.” On the journey home Amanda tried to get out of the car, but was dragged back in and held down by O’Riordan so she could not escape. When the couple returned home, Amanda went straight to the bedroom to dump her handbag. O’Riordan asked why she had not removed her coat.