Wednesday 21 March 2018

My wife is a liar, accused tells court in corruption case

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

JENNY Forsey took her seat in the front row of the public gallery as she listened intently to her ex-husband being cross-examined by the prosecution for a second day running.

It was the first time that Fred Forsey's ex-wife had come to court since she gave her explosive testimony last week.

Mr Forsey was before Waterford Circuit Court for the sixth day of his corruption trial yesterday.

His ex-wife chose to take her seat in the row where her ex's partner, Karen Morrissey, had been sitting on previous days.

Ms Morrissey was not inside the courtroom early yesterday morning but took her place in the gallery in the afternoon.

On Tuesday, he had given details of "screaming matches" with his ex-wife, which sometimes happened in front of their children.

He told how Jenny Forsey and Ms Morrissey had pulled each other's hair and kicked and screamed after they met following the breakdown of the marriage.

Yesterday, Jenny Forsey was in court to watch the father of her three children answer questions put to him by prosecuting counsel Vaughan Buckley.

He wanted to know which banks Mr Forsey had sought a loan from, and who, in each institution had he dealt with.

"Why did you tell the guards that you had applied to both Allied Irish Banks and Permanent TSB for loans when you didn't?" he asked.

Mr Forsey explained he had phoned the bank and the person he spoke to told him "it wouldn't look good" that his mortgage was in arrears.

He said he also went to the Dungarvan Mortgage Centre but it ran a credit history and he was advised that the "only way" he'd get to remortgage the house where he lived with Ms Forsey and their three children, was "with a high interest crowd".

He explained how he received €33,646.32 from a sub-prime lender.

He said he had tried to get mortgages off "loads of different banks" and had filled out forms on the internet looking for a loan.

When asked about evidence from his wife that her husband told her he received €30,000 in August 2006 -- and not €60,000 -- from the developer, he replied: "No she lied."

"You say she's a liar?" asked Mr Buckley.

"I do indeed," retorted Mr Forsey, as his former wife looked on, adding that she "gave a couple of lies" in evidence.

He said Ms Forsey knew there was a loan agreement between him and the developer as he kept it in a file in their house.

"She would have known it was €60,000," he said.

"She would have seen the loan agreement in the house."

When asked where this loan agreement was now, Mr Forsey said: "When I was thrown out of the house, I wasn't allowed back into the house."

He said a neighbour had told him there was a "skip in the driveway" one day and his belongings were being thrown into it.

Mr Forsey told how Ms Forsey "didn't like banks" and they kept up to €20,000 in the safe in their house at one stage.

It was put to Mr Forsey that he "knew full well" he'd never have the money to pay back the developer.

"That's not true," he said.

The court had earlier heard none of the money has been paid back to date.

"When I asked (the developer) the first time I told him I was building at the time.

"Money would be paid back very fast once I sorted out the building (work) . . . the second time it was for finishing that up . . . and the third time I was going through a break-up and needed to revamp the school of motoring and the house was going to be sold and he was going to get the money back," he said.

When she arrived in the public gallery at 3pm yesterday, Ms Morrissey was accompanied by Mr Forsey's mother.

Wearing a green coat, the young woman cut a stylish figure as she walked past Ms Forsey.

Ms Forsey, who was dressed in smart casual attire of blue jeans and a navy top, left the courtroom shortly after Ms Morrissey walked in.

Irish Independent

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