Who is Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder suspect Ian Bailey?

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A NEW crime documentary will examine the murder of French documentary producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Sophie: A Murder in West Cork will stream on Netflix from June 30.

AFPIan Bailey was investigating Sophie’s murder and initially filed newspaper articles on the case until becoming the prime suspect[/caption]

Who is Ian Bailey?

Sophie Toscan du Plantier, 39, was bludgeoned to death at her holiday home in rural west Cork on 23 December 1996.

Her body was discovered near the remote cottage with her skull crushed.

She was found by a neighbour in a pathway nearby her home having suffered multiple head injuries and wearing her night clothes.

Ian Bailey, a journalist from Manchester, was investigating Sophie’s murder and initially filed newspaper articles on the case until he became the prime suspect.

Bailey has always denied any role in Du Plantier’s death, and was never charged in Ireland in relation to the killing.

In May 2019 he was found guilty by a French court of Du Plantier’s murder.

He was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison and an attempt to have him extradited was made under a European Arrest Warrant. 

However, a High Court judge ruled against the application.

He still lives in Cork and has said he is “trapped” there because of the attempt to extradite him.

PA:Press AssociationSophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered at her holiday home in Schull, West Cork, in 1996[/caption]

What has Ian Bailey been accused of?

Bailey, originally from Manchester, was living near Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s holiday home in Schull, West Cork.

Some Irish detectives who investigated the murder were convinced of Bailey’s guilt.

He had cuts on his face and hands, a result of plucking a turkey for Christmas, and a record of violence against his Welsh partner, Jules Thomas.

He also admitted to having left their cottage to go to a nearby shed to write an article on the night of Sophie’s murder.

He reported on the murder for the Star and the Sunday Tribune before he was arrested in February 1997 and in January 1998 for questioning about the killing.

There was no forensic evidence and a key witness retracted her testimony, saying police coerced her.

Alamy Live NewsIan Bailey, who is now a poet, maintains his innocence[/caption]

What has Ian Bailey said?

Bailey, who is now a poet, maintains his innocence.

His legal team denounced the French trial as a “grotesque miscarriage of justice”.

Bailey wrote in a letter to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: “For 25 years my life has been blighted by a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and put me in the frame for a crime I had nothing to do with.


“The false narrative casting me as a murderer has ruined my life and at this stage I am in danger of being tortured to the grave.

“I ask you as a clean pair of hands to investigate a review of the original Garda investigation.

“The flawed and prejudiced investigation amounts to the darkest of stains on the otherwise good name of the Gardai.”

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