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Former Fine Gael Councillor Fred Forsey has sentence adjourned to next month

FORMER Fine Gael deputy mayor Fred Forsey jnr, who was convicted of taking bribes from a developer, had his sentencing adjourned today.

Forsey, (43) of Coolagh Road, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, appeared before Waterford Circuit Court to hear his sentence after his conviction last week. He faces up to ten years in jail.

However, the court was told that the mother-in-law of the defence senior counsel passed away this morning and Judge Gerard Griffin agreed to adjourn sentencing until 27 June.

Forsey was remanded on continuing bail to appear at the Courts of Justice in Dublin on that date. He has to sign on daily at Dungarvan Garda Station.

He was convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court last week and his trial heard how, to this day, he has not paid a cent back of the €80,000 he received from the developer.

His ex-wife Jenny Forsey (42) gave evidence for the prosecution and his girlfriend Karen Morrissey (26) was by his side for the entire trial.

He sobbed when the jury reached a guilty verdict.

The trial heard rezoning of the land to industrial/residential meant its value stood to increase up to ten-fold.

Government TD John Deasy (FG) earlier gave evidence that it was his view that the aim was to "inflate" the price of land -- and not to create jobs for Dungarvan.

The jury of eight men and four women disagreed with Forsey's claims that the monies were lent to him by a developer -- and found they were corruptly received. Their verdict was unanimous and came after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation.

Forsey's body trembled and he sobbed loudly before Judge Gerard Griffin remanded him on bail until his sentencing hearing which was set for today.