Saturday 16 December 2017

Ex-FG councillor Fred Forsey Jnr guilty of corruption

Fred Forsey Jnr
Fred Forsey Jnr's ex-wife Jenny
Karen Morrissey, partner of Fred Forsey Jnr

A FORMER Fine Gael town councillor has been found guilty of corruptly accepting payments totalling €80,000 from a property developer.

Fred Forsey Jnr., of Coolagh Road, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, had denied six counts of accepting corrupt payments on three separate dates six year ago - in August, October and December 2006.

But today, at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court, the jury took less than two and a half hours to find Forsey guilty of all six counts.

Forsey Jnr’s former wife, Jenny, was not in court to hear the verdict today, but it was her original statements to gardaí, which instigated the investigation.

And it was her dramatic evidence which had held the courtroom spellbound.

The trial lasted for eight days.

Fred Forsey had accused his ex-wife of being a liar during the case.

Judge Gerard Griffin adjourned sentencing on Forsey until next Thursday morning and remanded him on bail.

A few minutes later, Forsey drove out of the courthouse with his partner Karen Morrissey.

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