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Former councillor Fred Forsey Jnr seeks more time to appeal corruption conviction

Brian Kavanagh

Published 28/04/2014 | 17:45

Fred Forsey:  jailed for four years
Fred Forsey: jailed for four years

AN APPLICATION by former Fine Gael councillor Fred Forsey Jnr for more time to lodge an appeal against his conviction for receiving corrupt payments has been adjourned.

Forsey (45) is bringing an application for enlargement of the time in which an applicant must lodge an appeal against their conviction or sentence. A defendant has 21 days from the date of their sentence to file a notice of their intent to appeal.

Counsel for Forsey, Remy Farrell SC, this morning told the Court of Criminal Appeal that he was applying to adjourn the enlargement of time application.

He agreed the adjournment application was connected to an affidavit concerning conflicting accounts of whether Mr Forsey instructed his former solicitor John Devane to appeal his case.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said the court would order that Mr Devane be made a notice party to the application.

He said the matter would be listed on the appeal court case management list on May 21, and added that notice should be given if the matter is to be resolved by cross-examination. Mr Justice Hardiman made a production order for Forsey for May 21.

In June 2012, Forsey was sentenced to six years with two years suspended by Judge Gerard Griffin, having been found guilty by a Waterford Circuit Criminal Court jury of six counts of receiving corrupt payments between August and December 2006.

Forsey, formerly of Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, had denied taking monies totalling €80,000 while he was a Dungarvan town councillor.

His ex-wife Jenny Forsey gave evidence against him at trial.

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