BREAKING NEWS: Former Polegate councillor sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder of his wife

Joseph O'Riordan and his wife Amanda in happier times
Joseph O'Riordan and his wife Amanda in happier times

Former Polegate councillor Joe O’Riordan has been sentenced to 20 years in prison today for trying to kill his wife Amanda after he found out she had a brief affair.

O’Riordan was sentenced this morning (April 22) at Brighton Law Court. He was also made the subject of a restraining order and has been banned from contacting wife Amanda in any way.

The 73-year-old, from Brookside Avenue, Polegate, was convicted of attempted murder yesterday (April 21).

He attacked Amanda on October 22 with a nine-inch kitchen knife, raining nine blows down on her chest and hand.