Polegate: 74 year-old Convicted Of Attempting To Murder Wife

21 April 2015, 17:51 | Updated: 21 April 2015, 18:09

Former Town Councillor Joseph O'Riordan has been convicted of attempting to murder his wife, Amanda Read the Police statement issued on Tuesday afternoon.


At Brighton Crown Court on Tusday (21 April) Joseph O'Riordan, 74, was convicted of attempting to murder his wife, Amanda, 47, at their flat in Guardian Court, Brookside Avenue, Polegate, on 22 October last year.

He had pleaded not guilty to the offence, which he had previously sought unsuccessfully to substitute for a charge of wounding with intent. He will be sentenced tomorrow (Wednesday, 22 April).

During a trial which began on Monday last week (13 April) the court heard how the former Polegate North town councillor had stabbed his wife nine times with a kitchen knife after discovering she was having an affair with another man.

Police had been called to their home in a quiet cul-de-sac just before 10pm after an ambulance controller took a 999 call from O'Riordan, announcing that a woman had been stabbed and that he was the person responsible.

Officers at Polegate's nearby road policing unit were quickly on the scene from where Mrs O'Riordan, found lying on a blood-stained bed, was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, where she underwent emergency surgery to save her life.

O'Riordan directed officers to where had left the nine-inch kitchen knife he had used to stab his wife, confounding them with his icily calm demeanour and unaggressive compliance.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said after the case that this contrasted with the ferocity of the attack on Mrs O'Riordan. Knife blows had broken one of her ribs and injured her liver and stomach.

In total there were nine stab wounds as she struggled to defend herself, the back of one hand had been slashed down to the tendons.

DCI Ashcroft said: "My thoughts are with the victim in this matter. She has suffered an extremely violent attack by O'Riordan, her husband in her own home. This was borne out of anger and jealousy at her having confessed to an affair, and though he eventually showed remorse and called for help, nothing justifies inflicting the injuries which were suffered by Mrs O'Riordan.

" I am pleased that the jury recognised that at the time O'Riordan fully intended to end her life, so that it was not simply a question of him inflicting  wounds calculated to injure her.

"While Mrs O'Riordan has thankfully been making a physical recovery,  I have no doubt that she will be emotionally traumatised by these events for some time to come."