Affair with postman was 'catalyst' for the stabbing A woman whose husband is accused of trying to murder her over her affair told jurors she was "never afraid" of him during their twenty year relationship.
Amanda O'Riordan, 47, gave evidence yesterday on the second day of her husband's trial, also telling jurors he had "smashed my crockery" purple oakley sunglasses following an argument about a month before the attack. Joseph O'Riordan, 73, is accused of trying to murder her at the couple's flat in Guardian Court, Polegate, by stabbing her repeatedly three weeks after learning of her affair with their former postman. They had renewed their wedding vows six months before. Under cross examination from her husband's lawyer, Peter Doyle QC, Mrs O'Riordan told jurors that she felt smothered over the previous few months and wanted to end the marriage. Giving evidence from behind a curtain screen, she said he had told oakley lenses her he would kill himself if she left him. She added: "How could I leave him? "I said that I would not leave him, I would always care for him. I don't want his death on my conscience, thank you very much." The court heard that Mr O'Riordan had confronted his wife about a possible affair three weeks before the alleged attempted murder, and she had admitted it. Prosecutors said the affair was the "catalyst" for Mr O'Riordan stabbing her repeatedly in the bedroom of their home after they had been shopping with her mother. In an earlier police interview played to the court, Mrs O'Riordan told police that her husband told her he had her followed by friends and a private investigator. She said had made her feel "awful" and like she did not want to go anywhere, adding: "I said that I would not go anywhere as I would always be thinking that somebody was watching or following me [.] I could not feel comfortable ever again knowing that I was being watched." She told police oakleys on sale her husband might be seen by some as domineering, "but I oakley silver always put it down to, you know, he was a man who knows what he wants or what direction he wants to take and I have always not had any problem with that". The next day, September 27, her husband called police to report her missing after she had not come home by the early hours of the morning, jurors were told. She recalled telling police, "I replied that yes I was [OK], I had an argument with my husband and I just needed a break and they would contact him and say I was ok." The court also heard how her husband, who was arrested on the night of the attack, had written to her in February asking her to give his son his suit for the trial, and other personal matters. Jurors also heard Mrs O'Riordan's lover, Nicholas Gunn, then living in Portslade, had called her husband in the early hours of the morning a few weeks before the attack. Mr O'Riordan denies attempted murder. NEARLY six months after he allegedly tried to murder her, Joseph O'Riordan sent his wife a letter from jail asking for his suit for his trial, the court heard. In a letter dated February 4, 2015, and which his wife said she received later at home, Mr O'Riordan wrote that he had been told she would be getting his things together, and could she pass on some things to his son. He said: "I would be grateful if you could give (my son) the following which I would like to have in here: "My rosary from the car; I still require its protection; my blue suit, three ties that will go with that. I need all that for my trial." He goes on to says he needs a decent jacket because it is "too cold" to exercise outside, and complains about a policewoman not helping him get his things. He ends by saying: "You will be fully aware that I do not make any mention of the case. "That said I hope and pray that your recovery continues to progress and you are and will always remain in my heart. God bless, Joe." He continued: "Ps I assume your mother received the letter of apology [.] Please include my Freemasonry bible when doing your bits for [my son]." Yesterday at Brighton Crown Court, Mrs O'Riordan faced repeated questions about her relationship with her husband, whom she had known since her early twenties, under cross examination from his lawyer. Peter Doyle QC recalled how the couple had renewed their vows in April of 2014, about six months before the attack. He asked her about how her husband had bought her Chanel perfume for her upcoming birthday and planned to take her to the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne as was their normal tradition. Mrs O'Riordan agreed those points, but says she started to feel smothered in the marriage over the previous six or seven months.
She had an affair with the former postman, who had since moved to Portslade, saying he helped her be "more me". Her husband found out she was having an affair after confronting her, but did not know who the lover was, the court heard. Yet about nine days later, Nicholas Gunn phoned the couple's landline in the early hours of the morning, and Mr O'Riordan answered.
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