No fury like a wife scorned

Hell hath no fury like a councillor’s wife scorned.

Taking the stand during the trial of her husband on corruption charges yesterday, Jenny Forsey admitted she was furious when she discovered her husband was seeing another woman, but denied that revenge was the motivation for contacting gardaí.

Former Fine Gael councillor Fred Forsey Jr, 42, has pleaded not guilty to receiving €80,000 in three corrupt payments from a developer in 2006.

Under cross-examination yesterday, Mrs Forsey admitted she was “furious” when she discovered her husband had “another partner” in late 2006. They separated in Oct 2006.

She denied she deliberately drove into a wall outside the house where Mr Forsey moved to after he left their home. However, she admitted she “attacked” Mr Forsey’s new partner and that she “ripped up presents” bought by his new partner for the Forseys’ three children.

“You were furious,” John Phelan SC, said to her.

“Yes,” she replied.

“Hell hath no fury, would that be a good description?” he asked.

“I’m sure it would,” Mrs Forsey responded.

When it was put to her that her motivation for contacting a local TD and making a statement to gardaí was “revenge”, Mrs Forsey said: “No.”

“I didn’t approach Mr Deasy or the guards until April [2007]. That’s four months later. I didn’t rush into the town or rush into the Garda station as a woman scorned.”

Earlier, Mrs Forsey said her husband had a number of meetings with the developer, who wanted a piece of land outside Dungarvan rezoned, in the summer and autumn of 2006. He told her he wanted to “get in” with this developer, who was “a very wealthy man”.

Mr Forsey, with an address at Coolagh Road, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, denies six counts of corruption relating to allegations he received a total of €80,000 in 2006 from a property developer to help get lands rezoned 1.5km from the town.

The trial continues today.

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